Mathias Frisch wrote Mechanisms, principles, and Lorentz's cautious realism in 2005:
I show that Albert Einstein’s distinction between principle and constructive theories was predated by Hendrik A. Lorentz’s equivalent distinction between mechanism- and principle-theories. I further argue that Lorentz’s views toward realism similarly prefigure what Arthur Fine identified as Einstein’s ‘‘motivational realism.’’Many discussion of crediting Einstein for relativity are based on Einstein avoiding the constructive theory in his 1905 paper, and sticking to the principle-theory approach that Lorentz had earlier.
Frisch's paper further shows that Einstein's views on relativity were pretty much the same as Lorentz's.
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