## Description

This course offers an introduction to the philosophy of physics, which deals with methodological, epistemological, and metaphysical issues in physics. It consists of four parts offering a rich menu in philosophically deep questions arising in modern physics: space, time, quantum mechanics, and advanced topics of contemporary physics.

The first part on space treats Zeno's paradoxes of motion, and questions concerning the topology, dimensions, and geometry of space, as well as the nature of space itself. The second part on time deals with traditional questions in the philosophy of time and with time travel. It also introduces spacetime, and its nature according to special and general relativity. The third part focuses on the vexing issues arising in quantum mechanics, such as the measurement problem and quantum non-locality, and includes a discussion of determinism and indeterminism in modern physics. The fourth---shorter---part addresses the more advanced topics of fine-tuning and anthropic reasoning in cosmology as well as of the disappearance of space and time in quantum gravity.

*Accessibility and Prerequisites*. I intend the course to be self-contained. While some background in physics, mathematics, and philosophy will be helpful, I will not assume any specific knowledge beyond high school mathematics. In the part on quantum mechanics, we will go through some of the technicalities necessary to understand foundational questions. In particular, I will assume you can follow the formalism developed in chapter 2 of David Albert's textbook, which covers some very basic linear algebra, most of which is really not that hard.

This course will be taught in English.