Summer School: Physics and Philosophy of Time

July 23, 2013 - July 28, 2013
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

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Germany

Sponsor(s):

  • Chair for Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Humanities, University of Lausanne

Main speakers:

Claus Beisbart
Universität Bern
Gordon Belot
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mathias Frisch
University of Maryland, College Park
Jenann Ismael
University of Arizona
Tim Maudlin
New York University
Nino Zanghì
università degli studi di genova

Organisers:

Detlef Dürr
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Michael Esfeld
Université de Lausanne
Stephan Hartmann
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Christian Wüthrich
University of California, San Diego

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The focus of this summer school will be to appreciate how physics and philosophy interact to contribute to our understanding of the nature of time. Our goal is to bring together scholars from both areas to consider central aspects of time as they arise in various physical theories, as well as how traditional philosophical questions regarding time may both motivate physical theorizing and find themselves constrained by it. In particular, we shall consider what statistical physics, the special and general theories of relativity, quantum mechanics, and recent developments in quantum gravity imply for our understanding of (space and) time. The relevant scientific theories consider, among many other topics, the physics of motion, the nature of the continuum, and the geometry of flat and curved spaces. Although the summer school will also consider more straightforwardly philosophical issues, the primary focus will be on the foundations of spacetime as the philosophy of physics is concerned with.

Audience: PhD students in the intersection between physics and philosophy, master students who envisage doing a PhD in the philosophy of physics, general public being acquainted with the subject at least at master level

Nearest airport: Basel (or Frankfurt or Zurich), start 23 July evening, end 28 July after lunch

Fee: EUR 600 for PhD and master students, EUR 900 for other participants, includes accommodation in single room with private bathroom in good hotel (***S), full board and tuition

Inscription: please send short letter of motivation and CV by e-mail to mariohubert1@googlemail.com by 1 April 2013.

For further information, see http://www.unil.ch/philo/page95121.html, follow http://takingupspacetime.wordpress.com, or contact mariohubert1@googlemail.com.

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