Space, Time, and Location

July 10, 2023 - July 13, 2023
Department of Philosophy, University of Adelaide

National Wine Centre of Australia
Adelaide 5000

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The metaphysics of persistence has obvious connections with the physics of matter. This workshop aims to bring together metaphysicians and philosophers of physics to explore foundational questions about spacetime, material objects, and the nature of locative relations between them. Speakers will explore the historical and conceptual dimensions of debates over topics including:

  • The prospects of supersubstantivalism, and the role of objects/particles in physical theory;
  • The nature of location in quantum mechanics;
  • The fundamentality of spacetime, and the metaphysics of space and time;
  • The locative turn in the metaphysics of persistence;
  • The ontology of field theories;
  • The role of spacetime in formulations of quantum mechanics.

Registration will be free but required for organisational purposes.

This will be an in-person event, taking place on the unceded lands of the Kaurna people.

The workshop is part of the Australian Research Council funded project, Everything in its Place.

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June 9, 2023, 9:00am +09:30

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