We invite submissions for a workshop on Spacetime Functionalism held by the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. This conference will be held in person in Pittsburgh on April 1st-2nd 2023. Submissions should be directly relevant to the conference topic. You are welcome to submit EITHER an extended abstract of up to 1000 words, OR a paper. There is no word limit on the latter, but it should be suitable for presentation in 45 minutes.
The Center will cover accommodation costs for accepted papers, but participants will need to make their own travel arrangements.
Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com by 5pm EST on Friday 23rd December.
For more information, please see the workshop website at https://www.centerphilsci.pitt.edu/event/spacetime-functionalism-conference/.
The workshop is part of The Gravitational Constant, from the Local to the Universal, an interdisciplinary collaborative project between St Andrews and the Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics, University of Bonn (https://www.gravconstant.net/ ). The project brings perspectives from transnational history, philosophy, mathematics and physics to bear on the question of how the constant, G, was transformed from a controversial innovation in the 1880s to an unquestioned fundamental constant of nature by 1915. The aim of the workshop is to explore the wider context and foster collaborations around emerging research questions.
I am excited to report that the new open-access journal Philosophy of Physics is finally online and ready to receive submissions. The Philosophy of Physics Society, together with LSE Press who will be our publishing house, have launched the new journal today.
Thank you very much to everyone in the Governing Board and the Society who contributed to realizing our key initiative!
Special thanks go to David Wallace for having accepted to act as the journal’s founding Editor-in-Chief. Read his announcement on the LSE Press’s blog here.
Please consider submitting your best work to Philosophy of Physics. In order to do so, you should become a member of the Society. It’s free for students and unwaged people, £10 for postdocs, and £20 for others. Once you are a member, you will find instructions on how to submit a paper inside the members’ area, as explained here.
Associate Professor/Professorship in Philosophy of Physics link
Faculty of Philosophy, Woodstock Road, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter; Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford.
Salary range: £50,300 – £67,541 p.a. plus substantial college allowances, including a £4,000 p.a. tutorial allowance plus either a pensionable housing allowance of £20,000 p.a. and access to a Joint Equity scheme or rent-free accommodation with residential allowances set according to the accommodation type. An additional salary payment of £2,913 per annum would be payable upon award of the title of full Professor (without change to the duties of the post). Continue reading
The Jury would like to issue a call for nominations for the 2022 Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize, which is awarded annually for the best work in History and/or Philosophy of Modern Physics, done by a student as a requirement for a Masters Thesis. The prize carries a 2000 euro award. Nominations for this Prize need to be submitted by a supervisor of the nominee before November 7, 2022.
We would also like to issue a special encouragement for the nomination of candidates from underrepresented groups.
We are delighted to announce the Third Chilean Conference on the Philosophy of Physics. The conference will be hosted by the Philosophy Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
It will be held in Santiago, between December 14 and 16, 2022.
Invited speakers: Elise Crull, Wayne Myrvold
We invite scholars to submit an abstract of 500-1000 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, before september 20. Notification of acceptance: october 1.
For any questions, please contact Professor Pablo Acuña: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Website of the conference: https://philphyschile.wixsite.com/2022
Michael Cuffaro (LMU Munich)
Stephan Hartmann (LMU Munich)
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2023
Research workshop of the Israeli Science Foundation.
Hosted by QuanTAU, Quantum Science and Technology Center
Tel-Aviv University, 18-24 October 2022.
A preliminary version of the program can be found here: https://www.mwi2022tau.com/program
Registration: Registration is open and ongoing through this form. Registration fee should be paid separately (full fee \ student fee). (Please note that this price is valid until September 15th, after which the price will increase by 50%.)
Proceedings: Participants are invited to contribute an article to an open-access peer-reviewed special issue of Quantum Reports (MDPI) dedicated to the Many Worlds Interpretation and its alternatives. Continue reading
Submission deadline: July 11, 2022
November 23, 2022 – November 24, 2022
Go to the conference’s page
As part of Establishing the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Physics, we will host a workshop on Theoretical Virtues and Non-Empirical Guides in Scientific Theory-Development.
Theoretical virtues are desirable features of scientific theories, and may include principles such as consistency, simplicity, unification, and consilience/coherence—not all of which are directly related to empirical evidence. These principles play various roles in scientific theory development, including as heuristic, exploratory guides in scientific discovery, as indicators of pursuit-worthiness, or means of confirmation. But there are also other non-empirical features used in these roles that are not typically classified as theoretical virtues, such as analogy and thought experiment.
A session organized by the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism (Texas Tech University) to be held at the Central Division APA Meeting in
Denver, 22-25 February 2023
The various recent approaches to quantum worlds appear to be reaching a consensus: that spacetime is quantized, relational, and emergent out of a fundamentally new, pre-geometric order that exists “before” and “below.” Conventional reality, then, emerges as an explicate order from more fundamental, relational pre-geometric and pre-quantum implicate order(s), which exist beyond conventional science and philosophy. This pre-geometric implicate order has the potential to answer the two most fundamental questions in all of the philosophia naturalis: what is the origin of spacetime and the fields within it, and ultimately, why is there something rather than nothing? Hence, the sub-Planckian order promises profound consequences, not just for foundational (meta)physics, but also for cosmic evolution in quantum cosmology and human knowledge of it.