CFP: Special Issue of Crítica: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physics

Submission deadline: May 25, 2020

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CFP: Special Issue of Crítica: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physics

Guest editor: Carlos Romero

Recent naturalistic approaches to metaphysics emphasize the need for the discipline to establish a direct connection with contemporary science---including, but not limited to, physics. To the extent that metaphysics is able to speak about what there is in the world, these philosophers claim, it should be informed by our best science---as it is the best we have when it comes to filtering out error from the claims about, and explanations of, our systematized experience. But can philosophical reflection and critique and systematization of the most fundamental concepts and theories also contribute to the foundations of physics? This special issue of Crítica is devoted to this question.

Crítica is an international open-access journal of philosophy edited by the Institute of Philosophical Research (IIFs) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Submission topics: Submissions about topics like:

  • the ontology of spacetime, gravitation, quantum and cosmological theories,
  • ontological problems in classical and statistical mechanics,
  • problems of causation, individuation, laws, modality, emergence, objective probability, and symmetries,
  • the relevance of logic and/or mathematical structures to understanding the ontology of physics,

and others that relate to foundational topics, as seen from an ontological point of view, will be welcomed.

Invited contributors: Valia Allori (Northern Illinois University), Tim Maudlin (New York University), and Gustavo E. Romero (Argentinean Institue of Radioastronomy).

Deadline for submission: May 25th, 2020.

Instructions for submission: 

Papers should not exceed 8,000 words and should be submitted in either .tex or .doc format (preferably the former) to [email protected], please use "Crítica CFP" for the subject.

Authors must send two electronic versions of their manuscripts. One should include the author’s name, title of contribution, e-mail address, postal address (including phone number); a second version should be prepared for anonymous refereeing, where all references to the author including acknowledgements and bibliographical details are omitted. Both versions must include the title, an abstract (100 words maximum) and five keywords not mentioned in the title. Whenever possible the latter should also be sent in Spanish.

Acceptable languages are English and Spanish.

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