Description

The philosophy of physics deals with methodological, epistemological, and metaphysical issues in physics. This seminar addresses topics in naturalized metaphysics, the philosophy of space and time as they relate to physics, the philosophical implications of quantum physics, the physical origin of the direction of time, issues in the philosophy of cosmology and the philosophy of quantum gravity, or similar problems and debates.

For the spring semester 2022, the topics are presentism and modern physics, time travel in physics, and the disappearance and re-emergence of spacetime in quantum gravity and spacetime functionalism.

Accessibility and Prerequisites. Participants should have successfully completed the course Introduction to Philosophy of Physics, or be similarly prepared.

This course will be taught in English.

Readings

  • The texts to be read are available through icorsi.

Course Requirements and Evaluation

My expectation is that everyone prepares the assigned readings ahead of time, actively participates in the seminar, and accepts a reasonable share of presentation duties. As this is a seminar rather than a lecture course, the grade will be determined by the points obtained from the following type of evaluation:

  1. Seminar presentation(s) (10 points): Each participant will give at least one seminar presentation.
  2. Seminar participation: While I will not grade the seminar participation, I will use it to increase the grade for those students whose presentation falls clearly short of their usual level of participation.

Course Materials

Course materials such as lecture notes, handouts, etc will be made available as they will be used in class.

Programme

Please see the syllabus for the tentative programme of the seminar.