2nd Call for Applications:
International Summer Institute in Philosophy of Physics on the PHILOSOPHY OF COSMOLOGY and the PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY
Hosted by the University of Geneva-University of Illinois at Chicago Cosmology Beyond Spacetime project
Hotel Le Crêt, Morzine, France
26 June – 2 July 2022
Further information, when available, at http://beyondspacetime.net/2022summerinstitute/.
In recent years, the philosophy of quantum gravity and the philosophy of cosmology have emerged as new fields in their own right, with several summer schools dedicated to each. However, they remain largely unconnected, even though their intersection promises new scientific insights of great significance to philosophical question and the advancement of physics. This Summer Institute proposes to address conceptual, metaphysical, and epistemological implications of big bang, black hole, and multiverse models in quantum gravity: the fundamental nature of space and time, especially the beginning of spacetime, ‘before’ time or ‘outside’ space; the multiverse; the nature of physical law; and how we might have knowledge of such things.
These are just some of the questions that we will discuss in this Summer Institute, which addresses graduate students and postdocs from philosophy of physics and related fields.
Call for Abstracts: “Quantum Epistemology Beyond Quantum Measurement” (QEBQM)
Early Career Summer Seminar Retreat
August 17 to 21, 2022
Recent work on the interconnections between formal epistemology and foundations of quantum mechanics has prompted exciting developments on important philosophical questions. For example:
- Are there objective probabilities in quantum theories? If so, what grounds them?
- Might all the probabilities in quantum theory be subjective, the partial beliefs of an agent?
- Are there compelling justifications for partial beliefs about quantum systems that do not depend on a particular solution to the measurement problem?
- What implications does quantum theory have for the belief structure of rational agents and vice versa?
This retreat gathers early-career scholars working on these or closely related questions.
There will be a summer course organized by Barry Loewer at CEU in Budapest July 11-22 on laws and probabilities.
For more information, including on how to apply, please visit https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/courses/history-and-philosophy-concepts-scientific-law-and-probability
CALL FOR PAPERS (Online Conference, Deadline: 21 January 2021)
Call for abstracts for the annual conference of the Philosophy of Physics Group of the German Physical Society, 21-25 March 2022.
The Philosophy of Physics Group (AGPhil) of the German Physical Society (DPG) invites submissions for its annual conference which will take place within the framework of the annual conference of the DPG. Contributions on any topic in the philosophy of physics are welcome. A particular focus in this year will be the philosophical analysis of gravitational wave and black hole physics, and we particularly encourage submissions on this topic.
The 21st annual Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference will take place on June 23-24, 2022. We are pleased to announce that Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego) will be giving the keynote address.
Call for Papers:
Graduate students who have not yet defended their PhD thesis are invited to submit papers on any topic in philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of physics. Papers in philosophy of physics will be considered for the Annual Clifton Memorial book prize. The contest will be adjudicated by philosophy of physics faculty members at Western.
The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg, GRK) 2696 “Transformations of science and technology since 1800: topics, processes, institutions” at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, (funded by the German Research Foundation) is seeking
6 doctoral candidates,
who will be starting their employment with a postgraduate scholarship (six months) which is followed by three years as research assistant (f/m/d) at 65% of standard working hours (paygrade: E 13 TV-L) from April 1st, 2022 for a time of three and a half years maximum.
The Jury would like to issue a call for nominations for the 2021 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 14, 2021. We would also like to issue a special encouragement for the nomination of candidates from underrepresented groups.
Recent winners of the HJMP include Emilia Margoni, Grace Field, Ruward Mulder, James Read, Neil Dewar and Ben Feintzeig.
St Cross College, Oxford, offers a three-year fellowship for research students who will begin studying for a DPhil in the History of Physics or a DPhil in the Philosophy of Physics at the University of Oxford in October 2022.
Details may be found via the following link:
The winners of the 2021 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics are:
- Jamee Elder, for her paper “On the ‘direct detection’ of gravitational waves”
- Miguel Ohnesorge, for his paper “Pluralising measurement”
Jamee Elder completed her PhD at the University of Notre Dame and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Black Hole Initiative, Harvard University. Miguel Ohnesorge is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Congratulations to them, and many thanks to everyone who submitted their wonderful papers for this year’s prize.
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There are two ways of viewing theory confirmation. At a formal level, a theory is taken to be confirmed when collected data agrees with the theory’s predictions. At a pragmatic level, confirmation provides the basis for scientists’ confidence that the confirmed theory provides a viable representation of a set of phenomena and its so far untested predictions in the given context are true. Though the two roles of confirmation are of course related, the precise connection between them is non-trivial. The workshop focuses on the trust-generating role of confirmation with the aim of shedding light on the stated connection. Specific questions to be addressed will include: what are the criteria that turn evidence into empirical confirmation? In which way and to what extent do non-empirical considerations play a role in assessing a theory? What is the role of non-epistemic considerations in theory assessment? To what extent and in which ways does the notion of theory confirmation depend on the research field? The workshop aims to compare perspectives from various scientific disciplines.