Philosophy of Spontaneous Collapse

May 20, 2024 - May 21, 2024
Institute of Philosophy (ISFI), Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

Room A-31 Red Building, Room 2.2 FTL Building
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
Lugano 6900

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  • Cristian Mariani SNF Ambizione project 'Quantum Indeterminacy' (grant #208762)


Columbia University
University of Bergamo
New York University


Università della Svizzera Italiana

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The aim of the workshop is to discuss the main philosophical implications of the spontaneous collapse models (SCM) of quantum mechanics. Since they were first proposed in the late '80s, the SCM have been among the most discussed solutions to the measurement problem. In this workshop, some of the main figures in the debate on these models (both physicists such as Bassi and Sudarsky, as well as philosophers like Albert, Allori, Egg, and Maudlin) will discuss the viability, the future prospects, and the ontological consequences of SCM. The workshop is organised within Cristian Mariani SNF Ambizione project 'Quantum Indeterminacy' (grant #208762).


David Albert (Colombia)
Valia Allori (Bergamo)
Angelo Bassi (Trieste)
Matthias Egg (Bern)
Tim Maudlin (NYU)
Daniel Sudarsky (UNAM)


Monday 20th (A-31 red building, USI Campus)

09.00 - 9.15 Introduction
09.15 - 11.00 Tim Maudlin (NYU) Spontaneous Collapse: Achievements and Challenges
11.00 - 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 - 13.00 Matthias Egg (Bern) Non-fundamental Local Beables for Spontaneous Collapse Models
14.30 - 16.15 Daniel Sudarsky (UNAM) Spontaneous Collapse theories in Gravitational Contexts
16.15 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 18.15 Valia Allori (Bergamo) What is it Like to be a Relativistic GRW Theory? Or: Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, Still in Conflict After All These Years

Tuesday 21st (2.2 FTL building, USI Campus)

09.15 - 11.00 Angelo Bassi (Trieste) Do wave functions jump?

11.00 - 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 - 13.00 David Albert (Columbia) The GRW Theory and the Future of Physics

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