Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars HT 2015

Convened by Harvey Brown

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

Abstracts are posted weekly.

Thu 22nd Jan (week 1): Jonathan Halliwell (Imperial College London)
Negative Probabilities, Fine’s Theorem and Quantum Histories

Thu 29th Jan (week 2): Raymond Lal (Cambridge/Oxford)
The topology of contextuality: a new perspective on quantum no-go theorems

Thu 5th Feb (week 3): NO SEMINAR

Thu 12th Feb (week 4): Erik Curiel (Munich)
Problems with the interpretation of energy conditions in general relativity

Thu 19th Feb (week 5): David Wallace (Oxford)
Fields as Bodies: a unified treatment of spacetime and gauge symmetry

Thu 26th Feb (week 6): James Ladyman (Bristol)
Do local symmetries have ‘direct empirical consequences’?

Thu 5th Mar (week 7): Nicholas Teh (Cambridge)
Theoretical Equivalence in Classical Mechanics: A Prolegomenon to Duality

12th Mar (week 8): NO SEMINAR