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Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars Trinity Term 2019

<strong><em>Convened by Simon Saunders</em></strong>
<b>The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG. </b>

<strong><a title=”Abstracts for Thursday Philosophy of Physics seminars” href=”http://www.philosophy-of-physics.ox.ac.uk/abstracts-forthursday-philosophy-of-physics-seminars/”>Abstracts </a>are posted weekly.</strong>

<strong>Week 1 (2 May) Olivier Darrigol (Paris)
</strong><em>Ludwig Boltzmann: Atoms, mechanics, and probability</em>

<strong>Week 2 (9 May)  NO SEMINAR</strong>
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<strong>Week 3 (16 MAY) Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)</strong>
<em>On realism and functionalism about space and time</em>

<strong>Week 4 (23 MAY)  NO SEMINAR </strong>
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<strong>Week 5 (30 May) Henrique Gomes (Cambridge and Perimeter)</strong>
<em> Gauge, boundaries, and the connection form </em>

<strong>Week 6 (6 June) Martin Lesourd (Oxford) </strong>
<em> Reasoning on the basis of past lightcones</em>

<strong>Week 7 (13th June) Harvey Brown (Oxford)</strong>
<em>TBA</em>

<strong>Week 8 (20th June) NO SEMINAR</strong>
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Philosophy of physics research seminars Michaelmas Term 2018

Convened by Adam Caulton
The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG. There will be no seminar in weeks 3, 4, and 7.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

11 October (week 1): David Wallace (Philosophy, USC)
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Finite Quantum Systems: a decoherent-histories approach.

18 October (week 2): Simon Saunders (Philosophy, Oxford)
Understanding particle indistinguishability.

25 October (week 3): NO SEMINAR

1 November (week 4): NO SEMINAR

8 November (week 5): Tushar Menon (Philosophy, Oxford)
Rotating spacetimes and the relativistic null hypothesis

15 November (week 6): Jonathan Barrett (Computer Science, Oxford)
Quantum causal models

22 November (week 7):James Nguyen (Philosophy, UCL)
Interpreting Models: A Suggestion and its Payoffs

29 November (week 8): NO SEMINAR

Philosophy of physics research seminars Trinity Term 2018

Convened by Adam Caulton and Chris Timpson
The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays, weeks 1-8, in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

26th April (week 1): Doreen Fraser (Philosophy, Waterloo)
Renormalization and scaling transformations in quantum field theory

3rd May (week 2): Jeremy Butterfiled (Philosophy, Cambridge)
On Dualities and equivalences between physical theories

10th May (week 3): Matt Farr (Philosophy, Cambridge)
The C theory of time

17th May (week 4): Seth Lloyd (Physics, MIT)
The future of quantum computing

24th May (Week 5): Emily Thomas (Philosophy, Durham)
John Locke: Newtonian absolutist about time?

31st May (Week 6): Minhyong Kim (Maths, Oxford)
Three dualities

7th June (Week 7) Owen Maroney (Philosophy, Oxford)
TBC

14th June (Week 8): Tushar Menon (Philosophy, Oxford)

Philosophy of physics research seminars Hilary Term 2018

Convened by Adam Caulton and Chris Timpson
The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays, weeks 2-8, in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

18th Jan (week 1): No Seminar

25th Jan (week 2): Giulio Chiribella (Computer Science, Oxford)
The Purification Principle

1st Feb (week 3): Christopher Timpson (Philosophy, Oxford)
Concepts of fundamentality: the case of information

8th Feb (Week 4): David Wallace (Philosophy, USC)
Why black hole information loss is paradoxical

15th Feb (Week 5): Dennis Lehmkuhl (Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech)
The History and Interpretation of Black Hole Solutions

22nd Feb (Week 6): No seminar

1st Mar (Week 7): Carina Prunkl (Philosophy, Oxford
Black Hole Entropy is Entropy and not (necessarily) Information

8th Mar (Week 8): Nicholas Teh (Philosophy, Notre Dame)
TBC

Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars Michaelmas Term 2017

Convened by Simon Saunders and Chris Timpson
The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays, weeks 2-8, in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

12th Oct (week 1): No Seminar

19th Oct (week 2): Henrique Gomes (Perimeter)
New vistas from the many-instant landscape

26th Oct (week 3): Jonathan Halliwell (Imperial)
Comparing conditions for macrorealism: Leggett-Garg inequalities vs no-signalling in time
 
2nd Nov (Week 4): Sam Fletcher (Philosophy, Minnesota)
Emergence and scale’s labyrinth

9th Nov (Week 5): James Ladyman (Philosophy, Bristol)
Why interpret quantum mechanics?

16th Nov (Week 6): Hasok Chan (HPS, Cambridge)
Beyond truth-as-correspondence: realism for realistic people

23rd Nov (Week 7): Alison Fernandes (Philosophy, Warwick
The temporal asymmetry of chance

30th Nov (Week 8): Nancy Cartwright (Philosophy, Durham and UC San Diego)
TBC

Philosophy of physics research seminars Trinity Term 2017

Convened by Oliver Pooley

The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays, weeks 1-4 and 6-7, in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

Joint seminar, Philosophy of maths/philosophy of physics:
27th April (week 1): Peter Hylton (Philosophy, Illinois)
‘Analyticity, yet again’

4th May (week 2):Tushar Menon (Philosophy, Oxford)
Affine balance: algebraic functionalism and the ontology of spacetime

11th May (week 3): Michela Massimi (Philosophy, Edinburgh)
Perspectival models in contemporary high-energy physics

18th May (week 4): Paul Tappenden (Independent)
Quantum fission

25th May (week 5): NO SEMINAR

1st June (week 6): Jo Wolf (Philosophy, KCL)
Quantities – metaphysical choice points

8th June (week 7): David Jackson (Independent)
How to build a unified field theory from one dimension

BLOC seminar: KCL, time to be announced:
15th June (week 8): Harvey Brown (Philosophy, Oxford)
TBA

Philosophy of Physics research seminars Hilary Term 2016

Convened by Harvey Brown

The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays, weeks 1-2 and 4-8, in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

19th January (week 1): Emily Adlam (DAMTP, Cambridge)

‘Quantum mechanics and global determinism’

26th January (week 2): Antony Eagle (Philosophy, University of Adelaide)

‘Quantum location’

2nd February (week 3): NO SEMINAR

9th February (week 4): Alastair Wilson (Philosophy, University of Birmingham)

‘How multiverses might undercut the fine-tuning argument’

16th February (week 5): TBA

23rd February (week 6): Simon Saunders (Philosophy, Oxford)

Quantum monads

2nd March (week 7):Ronnie Hermens (Philosophy, University of Groningen)

How ψ-ontic are ψ-ontic models?

9th March (week 8): Michael Hicks (Physics, Oxford)

‘Explanatory (a)symmetries and Humean laws’

Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars Michaelmas Term 2016

Convened by Christopher Timpson

The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays, weeks 1-3 and 5-8, in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

13th October (week 1): David Wallace (University of Southern California)
‘Fundamental and emergent geometry in Newtonian gravity’

20th October (week 2): Niels Martens (Oxford)
‘Against comparativism about mass’

27th October (week 3): Ryan Samaroo (Bristol)
‘The principle of equivalence as a criterion of identity’

3rd Novermber (week 4): NO SEMINAR

10th November (week 5): Lina Jansson (Nottingham)
‘Newton’s methodology meets Humean supervenience about laws of nature’

17th November (week 6): Jim Weatherall (UC Irvine)
‘On stuff: the field concept in classical physics’

24th November (week 7): David Glick (Oxford)
‘Entanglement swapping and entanglement realism’

1st December (week 8): David Sloan (Oxford, Physics)
‘Relationalism, entropy and the Big Bang’

Cosmology Seminars HT 2016

All seminars are in the BIPAC room, Denys Wilkinson Building, at 2.15.

For updates see the Physics Department seminar lists

Abstracts are posted weekly.

18 Feb Fillipo Vernizzi (CEA Saclay), “Cosmological consistency relations’

25 FebEmir Gumrukcouglu (Imperial College): ‘Horava gravity: suppressing Lorentz violations in the matter sector’

3 Mar Donnacha Kirk (UCL) ‘Cosmology from cross-correlations using the Dark Energy Survey’

10 Mar Michael Brown (Manchester), ‘Radio weak lensing with the Square Kilometre Array’

20 AprAnna Mangilli (IAS) ‘Constraints on the reionization era and inflation with the CMB polarization at large angular scales’

Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars HT 2016

Convened by Harvey Brown and Simon Saunders

The following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays, weeks 1-8 in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Note that the seminar on Thu 28th is a joint seminar with the Jowett Society, and takes place at the changed time and place of 5.30 p.m., T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

Thu 21st Jan (week 1): Philipp Roser (Clemson, Physics)
‘Time and York time in quantum theory’.

Thu 28th Jan (week 2): Saul Kripke (CUNY, Philosohy)
‘Wittgenstein, Russell, and our Concept of the Natural Numbers’

Thu 4th Feb (week 3): NO SEMINAR

Thu 11th Feb (Week 4): David Wallace (Oxford, Philosophy)
‘Who’s afraid of coordinate systems?’

Thu 18th Feb (week 5): Jean-Pierre Llored (Clermont, Philosophy)
‘From quantum physics to quantum chemistry’

Thu 25th Feb (Week 6): Stephen Blundell (Oxford, Physics)
‘Emergence, causation and storytelling: condensed matter physics and the limitations of the human mind’

Thu 3rd Mar (week 7): NO SEMINAR

Thu 10th Mar (week 8) Daniel Sudarsky (UNA, Mexico, Physics)
“The information loss during black hole a evaporation: A novel approach to diffusing the “paradox””