Call for participation: Spacetime: Fundamental or Emergent?

Call for Participation:

Spacetime: Fundamental or Emergent?

Bonn, October 26-28, 2017

Speakers:
Karen Crowther, Richard Dawid, Neil Dewar, Michael Esfeld, Dennis Lehmkuhl, J. Brian Pitts, James Read, Kian Salimkhani, Alastair Wilson, Christian Wüthrich

Abstract:
Spacetime or spatiotemporal relations have traditionally been considered as perfect candidates for fundamental entities or structures of reality. However, in modern physics and philosophy this general agreement has been challenged by, for example, physical theories that try to recover spacetime as an emergent structure. Concerning this debate, the workshop attempts to explore the following: First, what kind of entity is spacetime? Second, what is involved in claims of fundamentality of physical entities? Third, what may different approaches to quantum gravity reveal about the status of spacetime?

This International Workshop is organized as an event of the DFG-funded research unit Inductive Metaphysics.

Venue:
Universitätsclub Bonn, Konviktstr. 9, 53113 Bonn

Registration:
Participation is free, but limited. To register, please send an email to ksalimkhani@uni-bonn.de with your name and affiliation. Also, we invite graduate students to apply for a travel grant (up to 200 EUR). To do so, please send a cover letter of no more than one page describing your current research interest and its relevance to the topic of the Workshop as well as a CV to ksalimkhani@uni-bonn.de until August 15. Decisions will be made by early September. Female graduate students are especially encouraged to apply and will be given priority.

Website:
http://www.philosophie.uni-bonn.de/de/aktuelles/tagung-spacetime

Organizers:
Andreas Bartels, Kian Salimkhani

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