A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF SPACE AND TIME IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN

Author: Igwe Ugochukwu Dominic
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

A critical analysis of space and time in the philosophy of Albert Einstein is our concern here. To achieve this, our thesis adopts the method of analysis. In a nutshell, the word ‘analysis’ which in other words implies ‘philosophical analysis’ is a general term for techniques typically used by philosophers in the analytic tradition that involve ‘breaking down’- that is, analyzing – philosophical concepts. To analyze here means to separate into constituent components or elements, i.e., to determine the essential features or characteristics that define the phenomena or concepts in question. Analysis is then a critical and reductive process. It is reductive in the sense that it reduces phenomena or concepts to their most basic components; and critical, in the sense that the process is rigorous, systematic and rational. ‘Critical’ here also suggests that analysis tries, in some sense, to discover the truth about the phenomena or concept in question. In short, the principal focus in philosophical analysis is on ideas and concepts. And this is exactly our methodology in this work. With this methodology, we shall finally arrive at the stunning conclusion that Einstein’s theory of space and time, far from its beauty and revolutionary grandeur, also stands at the grid point of both relativism and verificationist epistemology, which both brutally overturn the tables of our basic metaphysical and epistemological convictions.

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