LMU Munich, December 14th 2014
Since its introduction in the nineteenth century, the concept of a field as an independent physical entity has become central to modern physics. Many highly successful classical theories, most notably electromagnetism and gravitation, were reformulated along field-theoretic lines, leading to advances in the understanding of their respective subject matters as well as enriching knowledge of field theory itself. The great development of these classical field theories influenced the founders of quantum mechanics, with the subsequent formulation of quantum field theories providing molds from which the Standard Model of particle physics has been cast. Yet the profound difficulties of finding a quantum field theory that incorporates gravitation have forced physicists and philosophers to confront the foundations of field theory with more scrutiny. While the multifaceted nature of the difficulties with quantum field theory may have reopened inquiry into classical field theories in hopes of finding potent analogies, this study has developed a rich life of its own. This workshop brings together communities of researchers working from different viewpoints on the foundations of both classical and quantum field theory.
Chapman University seeks to fill two tenure-track positions in physics, one in the foundations of quantum mechanics, the other in cosmology. For more information, visit https://webfarm.chapman.edu/jobs/job.aspx?id=661.
The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for Fellowships supporting visits in the Center for a term or an academic year. For details see:
The Center is pleased to announce that Nancy Nersessian will be the Senior Visiting Fellow for the academic year September 2015 – April 2016. We encourage applications for Postdoctoral and Visiting Fellowships from scholars whose research intersects with Professor Nersessian’s.
The Society for the Metaphysics of Science will be holding its first annual conference on September 17-18, 2015 at Rutgers University – Newark. As well as various presentations, the conference will also feature the first organizational meeting of the Society which will elect officers, begin to make various policies, plan future conferences, etc. Both those interested in presenting papers and/or participating in the Society are invited to the conference. (For more information on the society, see the Society for the Metaphysics of Science web page.)
Two Phd studentships (fully funded for three years) at the University of Vienna
The first studentship is earmarked for a project at the borderline of philosophy of science and physics: (1) projects in general philosophy of science with reference to the history or the current state of the physical sciences; or (2) projects in the philosophy of physics itself. Projects in (1) might focus on debates over scientific realism, on the unity/disunity, pluralism/monism debates, on the relationship between experiment and theory, or on the role of intuitions in physical theorizing. Projects in (2) might e.g. focus on philosophical questions concerning quantum gravity and quantum optics, or the role of irreversibility in philosophy and (quantum) physics. — Work in this area would be co-supervised by one of the philosophers in the in the doctoral college (professors Kusch, Nemeth or Stadler) together with a physicist (professor Aspelmeyer).
The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP; http://www.lmu.de/mcmp) invites applications for visiting fellowships for one to three months in the academic year 2015/16 (15 October 2015 to 15 February 2016 or 15 April to 15 July 2016) intended for advanced Ph.D. students (“Junior Fellowships”) and postdocs or faculty (“Senior Fellowships”). Candidates should work in general philosophy of science, the philosophy of one of the special sciences, formal epistemology, or social epistemology and have a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative work.
In the context of the three-year AHRC-funded project “Scientific Realism and the Quantum” project at the University of Leeds, there will be two PhD positions. One is envisaged to work on the relationship between metaphysics and physics in the context of quantum physics; the other is envisaged to explore issues concerning the nature of modelling, idealisations, and explanation in science, and their epistemological repercussions, in the context of quantum physics.
For more details on the PhD studentships, see the flyer for the AHRC Studentships ‘Realism and Quantum’ here.