The Direction of Time in a Physical World

August 30, 2023 - August 31, 2023

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  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


University of California, San Diego
Yonsei University
Mount Holyoke College
Trinity College, Dublin
King's College London
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
London School of Economics
Radboud University
University of Cologne

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The problem of the direction of time is a central issue in contemporary philosophy of science. On the one hand, we experience many time-directed phenomena, such as causal relationships and local thermodynamic behavior; on the other hand, our fundamental dynamic laws of nature are time-reversal invariant. The key question regarding the direction of time is therefore: If not in the time-reversal invariant laws, what is the direction of time grounded in? The workshop seeks to elucidate the relationship between the direction of time and our physical world, by addressing questions such as: Is the direction of time an objective feature of our world? Can the direction of time be physically justified? How is it related to the asymmetries we experience?

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