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71 and 102). e. a point event. does not lend itself to different interpretations, but is the same for all observers; if two clocks stand side by side, and one is slow when directly compared with the other, it is slow for every observer. The objectivity of coincidence is an assumption of the theory of relativity which Petzold himself acknowledges. Another confusion is involved in Petzold's criticism of the mechanical models of the theory of relativity. He rejects these models for epistemological reasons since they are incompatible with his view that it is impossible to go beyond the observations in one system.
Only in this way can 42 PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICS Kant's theory be reconciled with Einstein's, but then the transcendental method seems to lose its apodictic character. 4. For the relativists, the philosophical significance of the theory consists in the modification of certain fundamental epistemological concepts. The relativists deny the existence of pure intuition. Furthermore, they deny the apodictic character of the a priori, and they do not regard general principles of knowledge as necessary but as arbitrary.
Its advantage would consist in the fact that the same mechanism could be employed to define simultaneity in every co-ordinate system. But the possibility of defining absolute time would not exclude the use of relative time; the latter would be a time with different advantageous properties. 44. THE DISCUSSION ON RELATIVITY NOW (1922) 41 The theory of relativity makes two assertions about absolute time. First, that there is no absolute time; second, that if there were an absolute time, it would not be absolute.
Hans Reichenbach Selected Writings 1909–1953: Volume Two by Hans Reinchenbach (auth.), Maria Reichenbach, Robert S. Cohen (eds.)