We invite participants to attend a Workshop on Spacetime Functionalism, University of Geneva, March 1-2.
The aim of the workshop is to investigate how a functionalist approach may provide the relevant conceptual tools for understanding the nature of spacetime as described by fundamental physics. In particular, the idea is to explore spacetime functionalism in the context of quantum gravity, where it is 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.
David Albert (Columbia)
Carlos Barcelo (Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics)
Michael Esfeld (Lausanne)
Rasmus Jaksland (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Eleanor Knox (King’s College London)
Vincent Lam (Geneva)
Baptiste Le Bihan (Geneva)
Joanna Luc (Jagiellonian)
Tushar Menon (Oxford)
James Read (Oxford)
Date: March 11, 2018
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
We invite participants at our annual Foundations of Modern Physics workshop. This year focuses on the foundations of particle physics.
The 18th annual Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference will take place on Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, 2018, at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. We are pleased to announce that David Wallace (University of Southern California) will be giving the keynote address.
The XXI International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics hosted in Urbino, June 25-28, will focus on Philosophy of Quantum Field Theory. Interested graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply to attend, or to present a paper.
Lectures will be given by Miklos Redei (London School of Economics and Political Science), Laura Ruetsche (University of Michigan) and Giovanni Valente (Polytechnic University of Milan); and afternoon seminars will be given by Elena Castellani (University of Florence), F.A. Muller (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University), and Sergio Doplicher (University of Rome La Sapienza)
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago and the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project
University of Notre Dame
Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, 5737 S. University Ave., Chicago, Illinois, USA
July 22-27, 2018
Further information, when available, at http://beyondspacetime.net/summer-school-2018.
Tomasz Bigaj, Jeremy Butterfield, Adam Caulton, Laura Felline, Cord Friebe, James Ladyman, Øystein Linnebo, Andrea Lubberdink, Fred A. Muller, Simon Saunders, Tina Wachter
Description: The conference is devoted to clarify the question as to what role modality plays in theories of physics. Has our physical world an irreducible modal aspect? Are there modal properties, entities or other conceptual tools which are indispensable in understanding physical theories? If these elements are dispensable, does adding modality help to interpret these theories?