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 :
HARVEY BROWN
Philosophy, Oxford

9:30 am - 10:50 am "Defying the Demon: LaPlacean Intelligences, Determinism and the Causal Order" JENANN ISMAEL
Philosophy
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
Marseille
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Entanglement Entropy in Thermodynamics and Cosmology


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



Saturday, May 27

Morning Session
Space/Time/Gravity


Chair :
MICHEL JANSSEN
HPS, University of Minnesota
9:30 am - 10:50 am "Spacetime Functionalism and Non-commutative Gravity" ELEANOR KNOX
Philosophy
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
LPS
University of California
Irvine
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session
Wigner’s Friend and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics


Chair :
GUIDO BACCIAGALUPPI
Foundations of Natural Sciences, Utrecht
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm "Can Quantum Mechanics be Considered Self-Consistent? " RENATO RENNER
Physics
ETH
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Coffee Break
4:10 pm - 5:30 pm "Alternative Assumptions of Noncontextuality" ANDREW SIMMONS
Physics
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 :
JOHN NORTON
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 "To come" 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), 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), Matthew Pusey (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics), 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 jbub@umd.edu.

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