Library

This is an incomplete and perhaps unsystematic attempt of listing works in the philosophy of physics of the last thirty or so years. I did this by going through my own library, primarily to get an overview of with which publisher the most important books in the philosophy of physics have appeared. Hence the unorthodox ordering by publisher. Obviously, the list is highly incomplete. Please leave comments or send me an email for proposed additions. They’re very welcome! Big thanks go to Sam Fletcher for sending me long lists of works that I previously omitted.

Updated 1 October 2011:

I realize now that I have included many more titles that the organizing scheme is perhaps not very useful. Ideally, I would have the list fully searchable, perhaps in a .bib file. Any ideas?

Last update: 30 September 2010

American Institute of Physics

Max Jammer, The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics, McGraw-Hill 1966, AIP 1989

Ashgate

Mauro Dorato, The Software of the Universe: An Introduction to the History And Philosophy of Laws of Nature, 2005
Dean Rickles (ed.), Contemporary Philosophy of Physics, 2008

Birkhäuser

John Earman, Michel Janssen, John D. Norton (eds.), The Attraction of Gravitation: new studies in the history of general relativity, 1993

Blackwell Publishing

Peter Forrest, Quantum Metaphysics, 1988
Marc Lange, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics: Locality, Fields, Energy, and Mass, 2002
Tim Maudlin, Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity, 1994, 2002

Cambridge University Press

Guido Bacciagaluppi and Antony Valentini, Quantum Theory at the Crossroads, 2009
Alisa Bokulich, Reexamining the Quantum-Classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism, 2008
Alisa Bokulich and Gregg Jaeger (eds.), Philosophy of Quantum Information and Entanglement, 2010
Katherine Brading and Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in Physics, 2003, 2009
Jeff Bub, Interpreting the Quantum World, 1997, 1999
Craig Callender (ed.), Time, Reality and Experience, 2002
Craig Callender and Nick Huggett (eds.), Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale, 2001
Kristian Camilleri, Heisenberg and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: The Physicist as Philosopher, 2009
Tian Yu Cao, Conceptual Developments of Twentieth Century Field Theories, 1997, 1998
Tian Yu Cao (ed.), Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Field Theory, 1999, 2004
Tian Yu Cao, From Current Algebra to Quantum Chromodynamics: A Case for Structural Realism, 2010
James Cushing, Theory Construction and Selection in Modern Physics: The S Matrix, 1990
James Cushing, Philosophical Concepts in Physics, 1998
Michael Dickson, Quantum Chance and Nonlocality, 1998
Robert DiSalle, Understanding Spacetime: The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein, 2006
Bernard d’Espagnat, Reality and the physicist: knowledge, duration, and the quantum world, 1989
Hans Halvorson (ed.), Deep Beauty: Understanding the Quantum World through Mathematical Innovation, forthcoming 2010
Richard Healey, The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, 1989
Michela Massimi, Pauli’s Exclusion Principle: The Origin and Validation of a Scientific Principle, 2005
Peter Mittelstaedt, The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and the Measurement Process, 1998
Graham Nerlich, The Shape of Space, 1994
Michael Redhead, From Physics to Metaphysics, 1996
Steven Savitt (ed.), Time’s Arrow Today, 1995
Lawrence Sklar, Physics and Chance, 1993
Roberto Torretti, The Philosophy of Physics, 1999

Columbia University Press

Bas van Fraassen, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Time and Space, Random House 1970, Columbia 1985

CLUEB

Mauro Dorato, Time and Reality: Spacetime physics and the objectivity of temporal becoming, 1995

Dartmouth

Jeremy Butterfield, Mark Hogath, Gordon Belot (eds.), Spacetime, 1996

Dover

Max Jammer, Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics, Harvard 1954, Harper 1960, Harvard 1969, Dover 1993
Max Jammer, Concepts of Force: A Study in the Foundations of Dynamics, Harvard 1957, Harper 1962, Dover 1999
Max Jammer, Concepts of Mass in Classical and Modern Physics, Harvard 1961, Harper 1964, Dover 1997
Roberto Torretti , Relativity and Geometry, OUP 1983, Dover 1996

Elsevier

Jeremy Butterfield and John Earman (eds.), Philosophy of Physics, 2007
Dennis Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime, 2006
Dennis Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime II, 2008
Dean Rickles, Symmetry, Structure, and Spacetime, 2007

Eötvös University Press

Miklós Rédei, Introduction to Quantum Logic, 1995

Fordham University press

Michael Epperson, Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, 2004

Frontières

Michel Bitbol and Eva Ruhnau (eds.), Now, time and quantum mechanics, 1994

Garland

Jenann Ismael, Essays on Symmetry, 2001

A. Gerits and Son

Fred Muller, Structures for Everyone, 1998

Harper

Max Jammer, Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics, Harvard 1954, Harper 1960, Harvard 1969, Dover 1993
Max Jammer, Concepts of Force: A Study in the Foundations of Dynamics, Harvard 1957, Harper 1962, Dover 1999
Max Jammer, Concepts of Mass in Classical and Modern Physics, Harvard 1961, Harper 1964, Dover 1997

Harvard University Press

David Albert, Quantum Mechanics and Experience, 1992
David Albert, Time and Chance, 2000
R I G Hughes, The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, 1989
Max Jammer, Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics, Harvard 1954, Harper 1960, Harvard 1969, Dover 1993
Max Jammer, Concepts of Force: A Study in the Foundations of Dynamics, Harvard 1957, Harper 1962, Dover 1999
Max Jammer, Concepts of Mass in Classical and Modern Physics, Harvard 1961, Harper 1964, Dover 1997
Michael Strevens, Bigger Than Chaos, 2003

Imprint Academic

Harald Atmanspacher and Robert Bishop (eds.), Between Chance and Choice, 2002

Jagiellonian University Press

Tomasz Placek, Is Nature Deterministic?, 2000

Johns Hopkins University Press

Max Jammer, Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond, 2006

Kluwer

Michel Bitbol, Schödinger’s Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, 1996
Rob Clifton (ed.), Perspectives on Quantum Reality, 1996
Michael Esfeld, Holism in Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Physics, 2001
Jan Faye and Henry Folse (eds.), Niels Bohr and Contemporary Philosophy, 1994
Jan Faye, Uwe Scheffler and Max Urchs (eds.), Perspectives on Time, 1997
Arthur Fine, James Cushing and Shelly Goldstein (eds.), Bohmian Mechanics and Quantum Theory: An Appraisal, 1996
Don Howard, Abhay Ashtekar, Robert S. Cohen, Jürgen Renn, Sahotra Sarkar, and Abner Shimony (eds.), Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics: Festschrift in Honor of John Stachel, 2004
Miklós Rédei, Quantum Logic in Algebraic Approach, 1998
Miklós Rédei and M. Stöltzner (eds.), John von Neumann and the Foundations of Quantum Physics, 2001
Ed Slowik, Cartesian Spacetime: Descartes’ Physics and Relational Theory of Space and Motion, 2002

Knopf

Adolf Grünbaum, Philosophical Problems of Space and Time, Knopf 1963, Reidel 1973

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Barry Dainton, Time and Space, 2001

McGraw-Hill

Max Jammer, The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics, McGraw-Hill 1966, AIP 1989

MIT Press (or Bradford Books)

Murad Akhundov, Conceptions of Space and Time, 1986
John Earman, World Enough and Space-Time, 1989
Paul Horwich, Asymmetries in Time, 1987, 1992
Nick Huggett, Space from Zeno to Einstein, 1999

Morgan and Claypool

Amit Hagar, The Complexity of Noise: A Philosophical Outlook on Quantum Error Correction, 2010

North-Holland

Bernard d’Espagnat, Nonseparability and the Tentative Descriptions of Reality, 1984

Odense

Jan Faye, The Reality of the Future: An essay on time, causation and backward causation, 1989

Ontos Verlag

Meinard Kuhlmann, The Ultimate Constituents of the Material World: In Search of an Ontology for Fundamental Physics, 2010

Oxford University Press

Sunny Y Auyang, How Is Quantum Field Theory Possible?, 1995
Yuri Balashov, Persistence and Spacetime, 2010
Jeffrey Barrett, The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds, 1999
Robert Batterman, The Devil in the Details, 2002, 2007
Robert Batterman (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics, forthcoming
Claus Beisbart and Stephan Hartmann (eds.), Probabilities in Physics, 2011
Harvey Brown, Physical Relativity, 2005
Gordon Belot, Geometric Possibility, 2011
Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Time, 2011
Nancy Cartwright, How the Laws of Physics Lie, 1983
Hasok Chang, Inventing temperature: measurement and scientific progress, 2004, 2007
Rob Clifton, Quantum Entanglements, 2004 (Jeremy Butterfield and Hans Halvorson, eds.)
John Earman, Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers, and Shrieks, 1995
Bas van Fraassen, Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View, 1991
Steven French and Decio Krause, Identity in Physics, 2006
Matthias Frisch, Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non-Locality: A Philosophical Investigation of Classical Electrodynamics, 2005
Richard Healey, Gauging What’s Real, 2007
Nick Huggett, Everywhere and Everywhen, 2010
Peter Kosso, Appearance and Reality, 1998
Barry Loewer, Why There Is Anything Except Physics, 2008
Tim Maudlin, The Metaphysics within Physics, 2007
Storrs McCall, A model of the universe: space-time, probability, and decision, 1994, 2004
Huw Price, Time’s Arrow and Archimedes’ Point, 1996
Huw Price and Richard Corry (eds.), Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell’s Republic Revisited, 2007
Michael Redhead, Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism, 1987
Dean Rickles, Steven French, and Juha Saatsi (ed.), The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity, 2006
Laura Ruetsche, Interpreting Quantum Theories, 2011
Thomas Ryckman, The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics, 1915-1925, 2005
Simon Saunders and Harvey Brown (eds.), The Philosophy of Vacuum, 1992
Roberto Torretti , Relativity and Geometry, OUP 1983, Dover 1996

Perseus Books

Bernard d’Espagnat, Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, 1976, 1989, 1999

Plenum

Alexander Afriat and Franco Selleri, The Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen Paradox, 1998
Bas van Fraassen and E. Beltrametti (eds.), Current Issues in Quantum Logic, 1981

Ponte Vecchio

Alexander Afriat, Waves, Particles and Configuration Space, 2001

Princeton University Press

Elena Castellani (ed.), Interpreting Bodies:Classical and Quantum Objects in Modern Physics, 1998
Bernard d’Espagnat, On physics and philosophy, 2006
Michael Friedman, Foundations of Space-Time Theories, 1983
Max Jammer, Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy, 2000
Roland Omnès, The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, 1994
Roland Omnès, Understanding Quantum Mechanics, 1999
Roland Omnès, Quantum Philosophy: Understanding and Interpreting Contemporary Science, 1999
Roland Omnès, Converging Realities: Toward a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics, 2004
Paul Teller, An Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, 1995

Random House

Bas van Fraassen, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Time and Space, Random House 1970, Columbia 1985

Reidel Publishing Company

Jeff Bub, The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, 1974
John Earman, A Primer on Determinism, 1986
Adolf Grünbaum, Philosophical Problems of Space and Time, Knopf 1963, Reidel 1973
Peter Mittelstaedt, Philosphical Problems of Modern Physics, 1976.
Peter Mittelstaedt, Quantum Logic, 1978

Springer

Michel Bitbol, Pierre Kerszberg, and Jean Petitot (eds.), Constituting Objectivity: Transcendental Perspectives on Modern Physics, 2009
Paul Busch, Operational Quantum Physics, 1995, 1997
Paul Busch, Pekka Johannes Lahti, Peter Mittelstaedt, The Quantum Theory of Measurement, 1991, 1996
Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara, Roberto Giuntini, and Richard Greechie, Reasoning in quantum theory: sharp and unsharp quantum logics, 2004
William Demopoulos, Itamar Pitowsky (eds.), Physical Theory and Its Interpretation: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Bub, 2006
Bernard d’Espagnat, In Search of Reality, 1983
Brigitte Falkenburg, Particle Metaphysics: A Critical Account of Subatomic Reality, 2007
Jan Faye, Niels Bohr: His Heritage and Legacy. An anti-realist view of quantum mechanics, 1991
Daniel Greenberger, Klaus Hentschel, and Friedel Weinert (eds.), Compendium of Quantum Physics: Concepts, Experiments, History and Philosophy, 2009
Gregg Jaeger, Entanglement, Information, and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, 2009
Chang Liu and G. Emch, The Logic of Thermo-Statistical Physics, 2002
Klaus Mainzer, Thinking in Complexity: The Complex Dynamics of Matter, Mind, and Mankind, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2007
Peter Mittelstaedt, Paul Weingartner, Laws of Nature, 2005
Vesselin Petkov (ed.), Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World, 2007
Vesselin Petkov, Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime, 2009
Vesselin Petkov (ed.), Space, Time, and Spacetime: Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski’s Unification of Space and Time, 2010
Itamar Pitowsky, Quantum Probability, Quantum Logic, 1989
Maximilian Schlosshauer, Decoherence and the Quantum-to-Classical Transition, 2007, 2009
Mauricio Suarez, Probabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics, 2010
Adrian Wüthrich, The Genesis of Feynman Diagrams, 2010

University of California Press

Patrick Heelan, Space Perception and the Philosophy of Science, 1983, 1988
Lawrence Sklar, Space, Time and Spacetime, 1974, 1976, 1977
Lawrence Sklar, Philosophy and Spacetime Physics, 1985

University of Chicago Press

Theodore Arabatzis, Representing Electrons, 2006
James Cushing, Quantum Mechanics: Historical Contingency and the Copenhagen Hegemony, 1994
Arthur Fine, The Shaky Game, 1986, 1996

University of Minnesota Press

John Earman, Clark Glymour, and John Stachel (eds.), Foundations of Space-Time Theories, 1977
Geoffrey Hellman and Richard Healey (eds.), Quantum Measurement: Beyond Paradox, 1998

University of Notre Dame Press

James Cushing and Ernan McMullin (eds.), Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory, 1989
Marshall Spector, Methodological Foundations of Relativistic Mechanics, 1973

University of Pittsburgh Press

John Earman and John Norton (eds.), The Cosmos of Science, 1997

VDM Verlag

William Kalfelz, Clifford Algebra: A Case for Geometric and Ontological Unification, 2009

Westview

Lawrence Sklar, Philosophy of Physics, 1992

Wiley-Interscience

Max Jammer, The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective, 1974

World Scientific

Meinard Kuhlmann, Holger Lyre, and Andrew Wayne (eds.), Ontological Aspects of Quantum Field Theory, 2002
Klaus Mainzer, Symmetry and Complexity. The Spirit and Beauty of Nonlinear Science, 2005

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