Philosophy of Physics, UMD

New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
Mathematical Association of America Carriage House
1781 Church Street NW, Washington, DC
April 24 - 26, 2015

Sponsored by the University of Maryland, College Park (Logic and Philosophy of Science Research Group of the Philosophy Department, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, and the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science), Georgetown University (Graduate School, Georgetown College, and Philosophy Department), the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), and coordinated through the Foundations of Physics Group (University of Maryland at College Park, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University).

Friday, April 24

Morning Session
The Quantum Reality Problem

Chair :
HPS, University of South Carolina

9:30 - 10:50 "Is An Ontological Commitment at the Quantum Level Helpful for Good Physics?" REINHARD WERNER
Theoretical Physics
Leibniz University
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "The Measurement Problem and the Primitive Ontology of Quantum Physics" MICHAEL ESFELD
Philosophy of Science
University of Lausanne
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session
Locality in Quantum Mechanics

Chair :
Philosophy, University of Arizona
2:30 - 3:50 "Parallel Lives: Why Quantum Mechanics is a Local Realistic Theory After All" GILLES BRASSARD
Informatics and Operational Research
University of Montreal
3:50 - 4:10 Coffee Break
4:10 - 5:30 "What QBism Learns from the Bell Inequality Violations" CHRIS FUCHS Physics
University of Massachussetts
7:00 - midnight Buffet Party

Saturday, April 25

Morning Session
Quantum Contextuality and Complexity

Chair :
Philosophy of Science, U Buenos Aires
9:30 - 10:50 "Contextuality: At the Borders of Paradox" SAMSON ABRAMSKY
Computer Science
Oxford University
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "The Triangle Principle: A New Approach to Non-Contextuality and Local Realism" DAGOMIR KASZLIKOWSKI
Center for Quantum Technologies
National University
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch
Special Presentation During Lunch Break, 1:30 - 2:20 'Seeing Without Looking:
How to Teach Physics Foundations'

A video presentation (20 minutes) followed by a discussion (30 minutes)

Afternoon Session
Re-Thinking Gravity

Chair :
Philosophy, Western University
2:30 - 3:50 "Why We Are Having Such Trouble Hooking Up Gravilty to Quantum Theory" DAN GREENBERGER Physics
3:50 - 4:10 Coffee Break
4:10 - 5:30 "Analog Duality" SABINE HOSSENFELDER
Theoretical Physics

Sunday, April 26

Morning Session
Causation in Quantum Mechanics

Chair :
Philosophy, Hebrew University
9:30 - 10:50 "Quantum Simplicity: Can Quantum Theory Better Isolate the Causes of Natural Phenomena?" MILE GU
Center for Quantum Technologies
National University
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 "How Causal is Quantum Mechanics?" JOE HENSON
Bristol University

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Discussants include: Ned Allen (Lockheed Martin), Valia Allori (Philosophy, Northern Illinois U), Shehab Ayub (Computer Science and Electric Engineering, UMBC), Howard Barnum (Physics, U New Mexico), Dieter Brill (Physics, UMD), Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy and IPST, UMD), Michael Dascal (Philosophy, UMD), Michael Dickson (HPS, U S Carolina), Rob DiSalle (Philosophy, U Western Ontario), Lucas Dunlap (Philosophy, UMD), Ben Feintzig (Logic and Phil Sci, UC-Irvine), Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST, UMD), Mathias Frisch (Philosophy, UMD), Sheldon Goldstein (Mathematics, Rutgers), Alexei Grinbaum (CEA-Saclay), Genco Guralp (Philosophy, JHU), Amit Hagar (Hist & Phil of Science, Indiana), Richard Healey (Philosophy, U Arizona), Meir Hemmo (Philosophy, Haifa University), Carl Hoefer (Philosophy, Western University), Bei-Lok Hu (Physics, UMD), Mario Hubert (Philosophy, U Lausanne), Melissa Jacquart (Philosophy, Western Ontario), Michael Jarrett (Physics, UMD), Ruth Kastner (Philosophy, UMD), Michael Kiessling (Mathematics, Rutgers), Matthew Leifer (Perimeter Institute, Canada), Olimpia Lombardi (Phil Sci, U Buenos Aires), Dana Mathiessen (Philosophy, Georgetown U), James Mattingly (Philosophy, Georgetown U), Tim Maudlin (Philosophy, NYU), Vishnya Maudlin (Philosophy, Rutgers), Robert McFarland (Information Systems Worldwide), Charles Misner (Physics, UMD), Florin Moldoveanu (LPS Research Group, UMD), Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy, Western University), Travis Norsen (Physics, Smith College), Paul Raymond-Robichaud (IRO, U Montreal), Rob Rynasiewicz (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), Tatiana Salazar (Philosophy, NYU), Orly Shenker (Philosophy, Hebrew University), Allen Stairs (Philosophy, UMD), Chris Timpson (Philosophy, Oxford), Jos Uffink (Philosophy, U Minnesota), David Wallace (Philosophy, Oxford), Steve Weinstein (Philosophy, U Waterloo), Alex Wilce (Mathematics, Susquehanna U)

The conference will take place at the Mathematical Association of America's Carriage House Conference Center at 1781 Church Street NW in Washington, DC, a block from Dupont Circle. For general information about Washington, DC, see WashingtonInfo.

The number of participants is limited by available seating, so we regret that participation is by invitation only.

For further information, contact James Mattingly at

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