Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars HT 2020

Convened by Oliver Pooley
Unless otherwise stated, the following seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG. 

Abstracts are posted weekly.

Week 1 (23 January): Anders Sandberg (Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford)
Physical eschatology: how much can we say about the far future of the universe, and how much does it matter?

Week 2 (30 January): Mauro Dorato (Philosophy, University of Rome 3)
Overcoming dynamical explanations with structural explanations

Week 3 (6 February): NO SEMINAR

Week 3 (6–7 February):The first Oxford Philosophy of Physics Graduate Conference

Week 4 (13 February): John Dougherty (Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, Munich)

Why Why ghosts are real and “surplus structure” isn’t

Week 5 (20 February): J. Brian Pitts (Philosophy, Cambridge)
‌Constraints, Gauge, Change and Observables in Hamiltonian General Relativity

Week 6 (27 February) Simon Saunders (Philosophy, Oxford)
Particles trajectories, indistinguishable particles, and the discovery of the photon

Week 7 (5 March): NO SEMINAR

Week 8 (12 March): BLOC Seminar (Birmingham, Bristol, London, Oxford, Cambridge).Emily Adlam (Cambridge)
Note that the venue for the BLOC seminar is King’s College, London. Details TBA.