XX International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics: SPACETIME AND QUANTUM PHYSICS

July 10, 2017 - July 13, 2017
University of Urbino

Palazzo Albani
Via Timoteo Viti, 10
Urbino 60129


  • Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca in Filosofia e Fondamenti della Fisica
  • Italian Society for Logic and the Philosophy of Science (SILFS)
  • Istituto di Studi Filosofici, Università di Lugano, FNS Project: Quantities

All speakers:

Fred A. Muller
Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Carlo Rovelli
CPT Marseille
Francesca Vidotto
Radboud University Nijmegen
Tiziana Vistarini
University of Colorado, Boulder
Christian Wüthrich
University of Geneva


Mario Alai
University of Urbino
Claudio Calosi
University of Neuchatel
Vincenzo Fano
University of Urbino
Pierluigi Graziani
University of Chieti-Pescara
Giovanni Macchia
University of Urbino
Gino Tarozzi
University of Urbino
Isabella Tassani
University of Urbino

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The topic of the school is “Spacetime and Quantum Physics”.  It will feature morning lectures given by Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva) and Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University); and afternoon seminars given by Carlo Rovelli (CPT, Aix-Marseille Université, Université de Toulon, CNRS), F.A. Muller (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Tiziana Vistarini (University of Colorado Boulder). Lectures and seminars will be held in English.   Students, graduate students and early career researchers must apply for participation by sending

1) a CV

2) a cover letter explaining their reasons for applying.

Attendance fee for the admitted participants is of 70.00 Euros. The Method of Payment is the bank transfer: Beneficiary: SILFS – Società Italiana di Logica e Filosofia delle Scienze Bank: UNICREDIT BANCA (street: Piazza Aldrovandi n.12, 40125 Bologna, BO, Italy) SWIFT code: UNICRITMMXXX IBAN: IT81X0200802457000103307940   The school fee includes: programme attendance, school materials and coffee break refreshments. Lunch and dinner are not included in the fee. They will be available at the university refectory. If you want to have lunch/dinner there the cost is about 10.00 Euros for lunch and 10.00 Euros for dinner. If you do not want to have lunch/dinner at the refectory, there are a number of sandwich places nearby.

The application must be sent to: [email protected] no later than 1st of April 2017. The subject line should be “Participation. XX international summer school in philosophy of physics”. Notification of acceptance is expected no later than 15th of May 2017. Payment deadline: 15th of June 2017.

For further info write to[email protected]  

Below is a tentative program:

10th July

09.00 Registration

09.30-10.00 Gino Tarozzi and Vincenzo Fano (University of Urbino)     Opening

10.00-11.00 Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva)    Quantum gravity: motivations and implications

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30 -12.30 Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University)     TBA

15.30 – 17.30 Carlo Rovelli (CPT, Aix-Marseille Université, Université de Toulon, CNRS)     TBA

11th July

9.00-11.00 Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva)     The structure of causal sets

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30 -13.30 Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University)     TBA

15.30 – 16.50 F.A. Muller (Erasmus University Rotterdam; Utrecht University)     Quantum Mechanics and Space-Time. Review with a Structuralist Finale

12th July

9.00-11.00 Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva)     Spacetime is as spacetime does

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30 -13.30 Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva)    When the actual world is not even possible

17.30 – 18.50 Tiziana Vistarini (University of Colorado Boulder)     No time for strings, nor space. Being a mechanical philosopher at the Planck Scale

13th July

9.00-11.00 Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University)     TBA

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30 -13.30 Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University)     TBA


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