Workshop: Alyssa Ney, “The World in the Wave Function”

June 14, 2021
Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva



  • SNF (Swiss National Fund)


University of California, Davis


Université de Genève
University of Geneva

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Over the last two decades, wavefunction realism has emerged as one of the most prominent contenders for the ontology of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. But formidable challenges remain: how does wavefunction realism account for the low-dimensional world of macroscopic experience in fundamental terms? Does wavefunction realism fare better in this regard than its competitors? Can wavefunction realism be transposed to the relativistic setting?

In her new book The World in the Wave Function: A Metaphysics for Quantum Physics (OUP 2021), Alyssa Ney provides a novel, comprehensive and systematic defense of wavefunction realism. The goal of this online workshop is to bring together philosophers of physics and metaphysicians to discuss this exciting new contribution to the metaphysics of quantum theory.

Speakers: Alyssa Ney (UC Davis), Peter Lewis (Dartmouth), Wayne Myrvold (Western), Jill North (Rutgers), Davide Romano (Lisbon)

Schedule: (all times CEST)

1st session: Monday, June 14, 2021

6-6:30pm: Alyssa Ney

6:30-7:30pm:Jill North

7:40-8:40pm:Peter Lewis

2nd session: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

6-7pm: Wayne Myrvold

7-8pm: Davide Romano

8:10-8:40pm: Alyssa Ney: Replies

Registration: The workshop will be held online. Please register at; you will receive further details, including the zoom link, shortly before the start of the workshop.

Organizers: Claudio Calosi, David Schroeren, Maria Nørgaard, Ryan Miller, members of the SNF funded project “The Metaphysics of Quantum Objects” (SNF grant no. 181088, PI Claudio Calosi), Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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