The First Chilean Conference on the Philosophy of Physics will be hosted by the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso and will take place in Santiago and Viña del Mar from 28 to 30 November 2018.
For more information, please visit the conference website at https://philphyschile.wixsite.com/2018.
Synthese Special Issue on Spacetime Functionalism
Guest Editors: Karen Crowther, Niels Linnemann, Christian Wüthrich (Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva)
Special Issue Description:
The aim of the special issue is to investigate whether and how a functionalist approach may provide the relevant conceptual tools for understanding the nature of spacetime, particularly as described by fundamental physics. A precursor to the idea of spacetime functionalism has been applied in the context of special relativity (in the form of Brown’s “dynamical approach”), yet the idea promises to be useful also in general relativity, and beyond – to quantum gravity, where it has been suggested that spacetime is not fundamental, and the issue of emergence arises. We would like to discuss the analogy here with other forms of functionalism in philosophy – in particular in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
As the first interdisciplinary center for the study of black holes, the Black Hole Initiative (BHI, https://bhi.fas.harvard.edu/) is a nexus for scholars from fields in which black holes play prominent roles: Mathematics, Philosophy, Astronomy, Physics and History. A central mission of the BHI is to foster cross-disciplinary studies and communication of results in the rapidly growing area of black hole science. Engaging essays that illuminate research and ideas are solicited for a competition, with monetary awards for the top 5 papers.
First Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Conference in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics (IMPS 2018)
Organizing committee: Erik Curiel (Munich), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Giovanni Valente (Milan), Jim Weatherall (Irvine), and Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg)
Call for Papers
Over the past decades, important contributions to the mathematical and conceptual foundations of physical theories have been made within the philosophical community. Conversely, critical analysis of the formal structures of our best physical theories inform central philosophical concerns, and in some cases new theorems have been proven and new lines of argument developed that are of philosophical significance. This conference aims to bring together philosophers, physicists, and mathematicians working on such issues. The event will be held on September 3-4, 2018 at the University of Salzburg (Austria). It will immediately precede a workshop on “Time in Physics” taking place on September 4-5, 2018. Speakers for the workshop include Harvey Brown (Oxford), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Bryan Roberts (London), Jos Uffink (Minnesota), Francesca Vidotto (Bilbao) and Christian Wuthrich (Geneve). Papers on any topic of philosophy and foundations of physics by younger researchers, especially graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, are particularly encouraged and will be given priority. Papers of no longer than 5000 words should be submitted via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=imps20180) by June 1, 2018. Decisions will be communicated by July 1, 2018. For more information visit: https://impsnetwork.wordpress.com/
2nd Call for Applications with extended deadline
2018 Split Summer School in the Philosophy of Physics
The Chimera of Entropy
Split, Croatia, 16-21 July 2018
Third (and last) Call for Papers
9th International Workshop on Physics and Computation (P&C 2018)
(A satellite workshop to Unconventional Computation & Natural Computation 2018)
IUT de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France
25-29 June 2018
Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the 19th U.K. and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics has been extended from 15 February to 1 March 2018.
The conference will take place 10 – 13 July 2018 at Utrecht University, The Netherlands (Tuesday evening – Friday evening, with an optional excursion on Saturday 14 July). This follows on from the very successful previous editions at LSE (2016) and Munich (2013).