Workshop: Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory (Western Ontario, June 20-22)

Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory:
Foundational and Philosophical Implications
Interdisciplinary workshop of the resource-theoretic revolution in thermodynamics

June 20-22, 2018, The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario).

Recently, there has been a shift in the way that many physicists are approaching the science of thermodynamics. Instead of regarding its laws as purely physical laws, researchers are increasingly treating the theory as a theory about how agents, such as ourselves, can use information about a physical system as a resource for extracting useful work from the system. Seen this way, investigations into the thermodynamics of quantum systems have a deep connection with work in Quantum Information Theory.

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together philosophers and physicists to explore the philosophical and foundational implications of the resource-theoretic turn in thermodynamics.
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CfA: 7th HPS Tuebingen Summer School – with Thomas Ryckman

The Forum Scientiarum (University of Tuebingen) kindly invites 15 graduate students and young researchers in the field of philosophy, physics, and mathematics, to apply for the 7th Summer School on the History and Philosophy of Science:

August 6th – August 10th, 2018

**What can we learn today from Einstein’s interface of physics and philosophy?**

five lectures by *Thomas Ryckman* (Stanford University)

and a keynote lecture by *Jeroen Van Dongen* (University of Amsterdam)
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Public talk: Fay Dowker, Geneva, 17 May 2018

I would like to draw your attention to the following public talk, which is organized by the “service de communication” of the University of Geneva, with the support of the Geneva Symmetry Group (

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 18h30, Uni Dufour (room will be advertised):

Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London:

Past, Present and Future: The Science of Time
(The talk will be in English, with simultaneous translation into French.)
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LMU Munich: Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the MCMP

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) seeks applications for two 3-year postdoctoral fellowships starting on October 1, 2018. (A later starting date is possible.) We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in at least one of the following fields: general philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of statistics, formal epistemology, formal philosophy of science, social epistemology, philosophy and psychology of reasoning and argumentation, agent-based modeling in philosophy, or decision theory.

Application deadline: April 15 2018

For more information and details see:

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LSE: Fellowship in philosophy of physics

The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method seeks applications for an exciting fellowship position in philosophy of physics.
Deadline: 23:59 BST, 9 May 2018

The LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method seeks applications for a 1 year LSE Fellowship in Philosophy, which has the potential to be extended by 1–2 further years subject to performance and funding availability. The post will begin 3 September 2018, at a salary of £34,736 plus pension benefits. The area of specialty is philosophy of physics.
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Lugano: MA programme in analytic philosophy (with philosophy of physics module)

The Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano offers an MA programme in analytic philosophy, which includes a module in philosophy of physics (although the main emphasis is on metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, and on history of philosophy). For 2018-19, the faculty teaching in the programme are:

– Franz Berto
– Marco Colombetti
– Damiano Costa
– Paolo Crivelli
– Kit Fine
– Kathrin Koslicki
– Jon Marenbon
– Anna Marmodoro
– Kevin Mulligan
– Francesco Orilia
– François Recanati
– Andrea Rocci
– Thomas Sattig
– Peter Simons
– Giuliano Torrengo
– Achille Varzi
– Giovanni Ventimiglia
– Christian Wüthrich

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Workshop ‘Fundamentality in Physics and Metaphysics’: Geneva, 29-30 May 2018

The Metaphysics of Time and its Occupants ( SNSF project is glad to present the upcoming

‘Fundamentality in Physics and Metaphysics’ Workshop
29th-30th May, 2018
University of Geneva, Switzerland

Provisional program:

Day 1: 29th
Ricky Bliss (Leigh): Fundamentality
Kit Fine (NYU): Foundations of Causal Modelling
Kelly Trodgdon (Virginia Tech): Full and Partial Grounding
Jennifer Wang (Simon Fraser): Fundamental Counterparts

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