Philosophy of Physics Research Seminars Hilary Term 2023

Convened by Oliver Pooley, Henrique Gomes, and Patrick Durr
All seminars will take place in person at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lecture Room of Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG. Talks will also be streamed, recorded, and (with speaker’s consent) published on our new You Tube channel

Those on the philosophy of physics mailing list will receive an invitation to join the meetings online; others should contact the convenors directly.

Abstracts are posted weekly.

Week 1 (19th January): NO SEMINAR

Week 2 (26 January): Kobi Kremnitzer (Mathematical Institute, Oxford)
Scientific theories of consciousness, the closure
of the (current) physical, and quantum collapse

Week 3 (2 Feb): NO SEMINAR

Week 4 (9 February): James Read (Philosophy, Oxford)
‌An invitation to constructive axiomatics

Week 5 (16 February): Marco Giovanelli (Philosophy, Turin)
Special Relativity as a theory of principles. On Einstein’s distinction between constructive and principle theories

Week 6 (23 February): Yemima Ben-Menahem (Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Week 7 (2 March): Marina Cortês (Institute for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, Lisbon)
Biocosmology: towards the birth of a new physics field

Week 8 (9 March): Johannes Fankhauser (Philosophy, Oxford)
The empirical completeness problem of quantum mechanics