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Philosophy and Relativity

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arXiv ID: 0705.4441
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With his General Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein produced a revolution in our conception of reality and of the knowledge we can obtain from it. This revolution can be viewed from philosophy as leading to one of the great paradigms in the history of thought which, together with the Aristotelian and the Newtonian paradigms, embodied the different ways of conceiving the universe and our access to it. The comparison among these three paradigms allows us to understand how the human being has progressively lost his central place in the cosmos, not only in physical terms, but also in an epistemic sense, regarding his power of knowledge about reality.

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