Philosophy of Physics, UMD

New Directions in the Foundations of Physics
Conference Hall, Comune di Tarquinia, Tarquinia, Italy
May 26 - 28, 2017

Sponsored by the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), the University of Maryland Philosophy Department, Georgetown University (Graduate School, Georgetown College, and Philosophy Department), and the Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department.

Friday, May 26

Morning Session
Free Choice and Meaning in Physics

Chair :
Philosophy, Oxford

9:30 am - 10:50 am Defying the Demon: LaPlacean Intelligences, Determinism and the Causal Order JENANN ISMAEL
University of Arizona
10:50 am - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am - 12:30 pm Meaning = Information + Evolution? CARLO ROVELLI
Centre de Physique Theorique de Luminy
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Entanglement Entropy in Thermodynamics and Cosmology

Chair :
IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm Generalized Entropy and the Quantum Focussing Conjecture RAPHAEL BOUSSO
University of California
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Coffee Break
4:10 pm - 5:30 pm Observers and Entropy in Thermodynamics LIDIA DEL RIO Physics
7:00 pm Dinner at Abbazia di San Giusto, Tuscania

Saturday, May 27

Morning Session

Chair :
HPS, University of Minnesota
9:30 am - 10:50 am Spacetime Functionalism and Noncommutative Gravity ELEANOR KNOX
King’s College, London University
10:50 am - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am - 12:30 pm Conservation, Inertia, and Spacetime Geometry JIM WEATHERALL
University of California
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Wigner’s Friend and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics

Chair :
Foundations of Natural Sciences, Utrecht
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm Can Quantum Mechanics be Considered Self-Consistent? RENATO RENNER
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Coffee Break
4:10 pm - 5:30 pm Alternative Assumptions of Noncontextuality ANDREW SIMMONS
Imperial College
London University
6:00 pm Guided tour of Necropolis in Tarquinia, followed by dinner in Tarquinia

Sunday, May 28

Morning Session
Quantum or Almost Quantum?

Chair :
HPS, University of Pittsburgh
9:30 am - 10:50 am Quantum Theory as a Principle Theory: Insights from an Information-Theoretic Reconstruction MARKUS MÜLLER
Applied Math and Philosophy
Western University
10:50 am - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am - 12:30 pm Almost Quantum Correlations MATTY HOBAN
Computer Science
Oxford University, and
School of Informatics
Edinburgh University

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Discussants include: Christopher Arledge (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), Feraz Azhar (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge), Guido Bacciagaluppi (Foundations of Natural Sciences, Utrecht University), Howard Barnum (Physics, University of New Mexico), Jon Barrett (Computer Science, Oxford), Harvey Brown (Philosophy, Oxford), Caslav Brukner (IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences), Jeffrey Bub (Philosophy, IPST, QuICS, University of Maryland), Adam Caulton (Philosophy, Oxford), Michael Cuffaro (Philosophy, Western University), Mike Dascal (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Neil Dewar (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), Dennis Dieks (Foundations of Natural Sciences, Utrecht University), Mauro Dorato (Philosophy, Universita degli Studi, Roma Tre), Laura Felline (Philosophy, Universita degli Studi, Roma Tre), Richard Healey (Philosophy, University of Arizona), Meir Hemmo (Philosophy, Haifa University), Carl Hoefer (ICREA Research Professor, University of Barcelona), Mario Hubert (Philosophy, Lausanne), Michel Janssen (History and Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota), Adrian Kent (DAMTP, Cambridge), Michael Kiessling (Math, Rutgers), Adam Koberinski (Applied Math, Western University), James Ladyman (Philosophy, Bristol University), Olimpia Lombardi (Phil of Science, University of Buenos Aires), James Mattingly (Philosophy, Georgetown University), Tim Maudlin (Philosophy, NYU), Vishnya Maudlin (Philosophy, NYU), Fred Muller (Philosophy, Erasmus University), Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy, Western University), John Norton (History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh), Oliver Pooley (Philosophy, Oxford), Rob Rynasiewicz (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins), Simon Saunders (Philosophy, Oxford), Orly Shenker (Philosophy, Hebrew University), Rob Spekkens (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics), Allen Stairs (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Chris Timpson (Philosophy, Oxford), Jos Uffink (Phiosophy and Physics, University of Minnesota), Alex Wilce (Mathematics, Susquehanna University), Nino Zanghi (Physics, University of Genova)

The conference will take place at the Conference Hall, Comune di Tarquinia in Tarquinia, Italy.

The number of participants is limited by available seating, so we regret that participation is by invitation only. For further information, contact Jeffrey Bub at

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