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The Epistemic Virtues of the Virtuous Theorist: On Albert Einstein and His Autobiography

  • Jeroen van Dongen
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 321)

Abstract

Albert Einstein’s practice in physics and his philosophical positions gradually reoriented themselves from more empiricist towards rationalist viewpoints. This change accompanied his turn towards unified field theory and different presentations of himself, eventually leading to his highly programmatic Autobiographical Notes in 1949. Einstein enlisted his own history and professional stature to mold an ideal of a theoretical physicist who represented particular epistemic virtues and moral qualities. These in turn reflected the theoretical ideas of his strongly mathematical unification program and professed Spinozist beliefs.

Keywords

Epistemic virtues Unified field theory unification Albert Einstein Einstein’s autobiography Baruch Spinoza Einstein and Spinoza Einstein and religion Einstein’s philosophy Philosophy of science 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ITFA, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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