Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics

Festschrift in Honor of John Stachel

  • Editors
  • Jürgen Renn
  • Lindy Divarci
  • Petra Schröter
  • Abhay Ashtekar
  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Don Howard
  • Sahotra Sarkar
  • Abner Shimony

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Historical and Philosophical Roots of Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jean Eisenstaedt
      Pages 3-12
    3. John D. Norton
      Pages 55-67
    4. Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer
      Pages 69-92
    5. Catherine Goldstein, Jim Ritter
      Pages 93-149
    6. David B. Malament
      Pages 175-190
  3. Foundational Issues in Relativity and their Advancement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. George F. R. Ellis
      Pages 193-220
    3. James L. Anderson
      Pages 275-280
    4. Jürgen Ehlers, Simonetta Frittelli, Ezra T. Newman
      Pages 281-304
    5. C. V. Vishveshwara
      Pages 305-316
    6. Ray A. D’Inverno
      Pages 317-347
    7. David C. Robinson
      Pages 349-360
    8. Jerzy F. Plebański, Maciej Przanowski
      Pages 361-373
    9. Joshua N. Goldberg
      Pages 375-382
    10. Reinaldo J. Gleiser, Patricio S. Letelier
      Pages 383-395
    11. S. Deser
      Pages 397-401
    12. Wlodzimierz M. Tulczyjew
      Pages 403-419
    13. Daniel H. Wesley, John A. Wheeler
      Pages 421-436
  4. Foundational Issues in Quantum Physics and their Advancement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 437-437
    2. David Ritz Finkelstein
      Pages 479-497
  5. Science, History, and the Challenges of Progress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 543-543
    2. Allen I. Janis
      Pages 545-554
    3. Laszlo Tisza
      Pages 555-568
    4. Kostas Gavroglu, Manolis Patiniotis
      Pages 569-591
    5. Wolfgang Lefèvre
      Pages 593-613
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 641-649

About this book


2) the globalization of capital has far outstripped the ability of current labor movements, organized at best on a national level, to conduct an effective defense of the interests of labor within capitalism, let alone to seriously challenge the cap­ italist system. To develop some form-or forms--of international organization of labor, long an ideological challenge ("Workers of the World Unite") has now become an urgent matter of survival for the labor movements of the world. Here is a challenge, on which I think broad agreement is possible: Even those who think capitalism is capable of indefinite survival must agree that it has functioned best in the past-for example, during the long period of post-World War II expansion­ when the power of capital has been effectively limited by the countervailing power of labor. Effective exercise of that power has always depended on overcoming the seg­ mentation of labor due to such factors as locality, race, gender, occupation, etc. , which stilIremain important. Above, I have singled out the two factors that today seem key to me: the split between mental and manual labor, and segmentation by nationality. Let all concerned about the current state of capitalism work to build up the countervailing power of labor, and let time show whether this results in nothing more than the better functioning of capitalism, or whether a new challenge to the system ultimately emerges.


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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1285-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0111-3
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