The Philosophy of Howard Stein: Chicago, 9-11 June 2017

The Philosophy Of Howard Stein
9-11 June 2017
Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago

It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that the publication of Howard
Stein’s paper “Newtonian Space-Time” in 1967 inaugurated the modern study
of the foundations of physics. Thereafter, Stein’s work continued to set
the standard in the philosophical community and beyond for the study of
theories of spacetime structure (Newtonian and relativistic), the
conceptual structure of quantum mechanics, the methodology of science in
general and the character of scientific knowledge, and the history of
physics and mathematics. This three-day conference will celebrate the 50th
anniversary of Stein’s landmark paper by providing an opportunity to
reflect on Stein’s lasting influence for those working on a wide range of
topics of vital interest to historians and philosophers of science. While
speakers include Stein’s former colleagues, past students and friends, our
focus is on his continuing influence on contemporary work, and we aim to
demonstrate the relevance of Stein’s work for the next fifty years of our
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Bristol: New MA Program in Philosophy of Physics

From September 2017 the University of Bristol will introduce a new MA in Philosophy of Physics. This will be a one year taught masters including courses in philosophy of physics, theoretical physics, and philosophy of science.

The MA in Philosophy of Physics is intended both for students who wish to specialise in philosophy of physics at a higher level, and for individuals with a background in physics or mathematics who wish to make a transition to philosophy and foundations of physics.

For more information see:

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Urbino Summer School in Philosophy of Physics

The XXth iteration of the Urbino Summer School will focus on spacetime and quantum physics (website), held on July 10-13, 2017.  The summer school will feature morning lectures given by Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva) and Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University); and afternoon seminars given by Carlo Rovelli (CPT, Aix-Marseille Université, Université de Toulon, CNRS), F.A. Muller (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Tiziana Vistarini (University of Colorado Boulder). (h/t to Giovanni Macchia)

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Second CFP: Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity, Geneva, 27-30 June 2017


Hosted by the University of Geneva-University of Illinois at Chicago Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project

Château de Bossey, near Geneva, 27-30 June 2017

Invited keynote speakers:

Richard Dawid
Eleanor Knox
Daniele Oriti
Karim Thébault
Alastair Wilson
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CFA: Black Forest Summer School in Philosophy of Physics, 17-22 July 2017

Call for Applications
5th International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics

Space, time and matter: new directions in the philosophy of physics

Saig (Black Forest), Germany, 17-22 July 2017
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CfA: Direct Empirical Status and the Ontology of Symmetries in Physics, Université catholique de Louvain

3-4 July 2017

Université catholique de Louvain
1, place Blaise Pascal
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Confirmed speakers:

Gordon BELOT (UMichigan, USA)
Valeriya CHASOVA (UCLouvain, Belgium)
Alexandre GUAY (UCLouvain, Belgium)
Richard HEALEY (UArizona, USA)
James LADYMAN (UBristol, UK)
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Methodology and Epistemology in Cosmology Conference (UC Irvine: Feb. 10-12, 2017)

The twenty first century has, thus far, been a period of rapid progress in cosmology. And yet this very success has begun to expose the limits of current methods and forced cosmologists to explore new ways of learning about the universe and its history. At this conference, we will explore three related areas where methodological innovation has been called for, and where it has already begun. One theme will concern the epistemology of inflation. Does inflationary cosmology inexorably lead us to postulate a multiverse where anything that can happen does happen? And if so, what does it mean to test a theory that is compatible with anything we might observe? Or can we treat inflation as a more conventional theory, with unambiguous observational signatures? A second theme will concern dark matter and dark energy. We have inferred the existence of these entities by comparing observational evidence with models of general relativity. But one might just as well infer, from the behavior of the visible matter in the universe, that general relativity breaks down at cosmological (or even galactic) length scales. What are the prospects for alternatives to general relativity at cosmological scales? How might cosmology be used to test general relativity? The final theme will concern the role of simulation in our understanding of the history of the actual universe. Can simulations be used to test theories of the early universe? Do they provide an independent source of information about cosmology, or are they an intermediary between theory and observation?

See the conference webpage for further details.

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