Philosophy of Physics, UMD


New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
Colle del Duomo Conference Room, Palazzo dei Papi, Viterbo, Italy
June 8 - 10, 2018


Dedicated to the memory of William (Bill) Demopoulos (1943 - 2017).

Sponsored by the University of Maryland Philosophy Department, Georgetown University (Graduate School, Georgetown College, and Philosophy Department), Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department, and Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität, Hannover.


Friday, June 8

Morning Session
Realism and the Quantum


Chair :
ALLEN STAIRS
Philosophy
University of Maryland

9:30 am - 10:50 am Local measurement and the structure of the world: On the ineffective reasonableness of mathematics ROBERT DISALLE
Philosophy
Western University
10:50 am - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am -12:30 pm Information Causality, the Tsirelson Bound, and the ‘Being-Thus’ of Things MICHAEL CUFFARO
Rotman Institute
Western University
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Weak Values: Foundations, Paradox, and Contextuality


Chair :
JAMES LADYMAN
Philosophy
University of Bristol
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm Past, Present and Future of (via) Weak Measurement and Weak Values ELIAHU COHEN
Physics
University of Ottawa
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Coffee Break
4:10 pm - 5:30 pm What makes anomalous weak values non-classical? MATTHEW PUSEY
Computer Science
Oxford
7:00 pm Dinner



Saturday, June 9

Morning Session
Quantum Cosmology


Chair :
SIMON SAUNDERS
Philosophy
Oxford
9:30 am - 10:50 am Quantum information and quantum gravity SETH LLOYD
Mechanical Engineering
MIT
10:50 am - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am -12:30 pm Why black hole information loss is paradoxical DAVID WALLACE
Philosophy
University of Southern California
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Gravitational Decoherence


Chair :
TIM MAUDLIN
Philosophy
New York University
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm Gravitational decoherence and gravitational wave function collapse ANGELO BASSI
Physics
University of Trieste
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Coffee Break
4:10 pm - 5:30 pm Gravitational Decoherence and the Emergence of Classicality ELIAS OKON
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
7:00 pm Dinner



Sunday, June 10

Morning Session
Indefinite Causal Structure in the Quantum World


Chair :
WAYNE MYRVOLD
Philosophy
Western University
9:30 am - 10:50 am Bell's theorem for causal order CASLAV BRUKNER
IQOQI
Austrian Academy of Sciences
10:50 am - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am -12:30 pm Causal structure and quantum contextuality SALLY SHRAPNEL
Physics
University of Queensland

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Discussants include: Valia Allori (Philosophy, Northern Illinois University), Christopher Arledge (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), Guido Bacciagaluppi (Foundations of Natural Sciences, Utrecht University), Howard Barnum (Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico), Jon Barrett (Computer Science, Oxford), Jossi Berkovitz (IHPST, U Toronto), Harvey Brown (Philosophy of Physics, Oxford), Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy, IPST, QuICS, University of Maryland), Elena Castellani (Philosophy, University of Florence), Mike Dascal (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Simon DeDeo (Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University), Avshalom Elitzur (Unit for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bar-Ilan University), Mauro Dorato (Philosophy, Universita degli Studi, Roma Tre), Laura Felline (Philosophy, Universita degli Studi, Roma Tre), Mathias Frisch (Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität, Hannover), Henrique Gomes (Perimeter Institute), Alexei Grinbaum (CEA-Saclay, SPEC/LARSIM), Richard Healey (Philosophy, University of Arizona), Jenann Ismael (Philosophy, University of Arizona), Adrian Kent (DAMTP), Michael Kiessling (Mathematics, Rutgers), James Ladyman (Philosophy, Bristol University), N.P. (Klaas) Landsman (Institute for Mathematics, Radboud University), Pablo Luongo (Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile), Lorenzo Maccone (Physics, University of Pavia), James Mattingly (Philosophy, Georgetown University), Tim Maudlin (Philosophy, NYU), Markus Mueller (Applied Math And Philosophy, Western University), Fred Muller (Philosophy, Erasmus University), Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy, Western University), Patricia Palacios (Munich Canter for Mathematical Philosophy), Ying Pang (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), Rob Rynasiewicz (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins), Simon Saunders (Philosophy, Oxford), Allen Stairs (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Lev Vaidman (Physics, Tel Aviv University), Francesca Vidotto (Theoretical High Energy Physics, Radboud University), Alex Wilce (Math, Susquehanna University), Michael Wright (Archive for Mathematical Sciences & Philosophy) Nino Zanghi (Physics, Genoa)

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

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