Workshop: Spacetime functionalism

We invite participants to attend a Workshop on Spacetime Functionalism, University of Geneva, March 1-2.

The aim of the workshop is to investigate how a functionalist approach may provide the relevant conceptual tools for understanding the nature of spacetime as described by fundamental physics. In particular, the idea is to explore spacetime functionalism in the context of quantum gravity, where it is suggested that spacetime is not fundamental, and the issue of emergence arises. We would like to discuss the analogy here with other forms of functionalism in philosophy—in particular in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.

Speakers:

David Albert (Columbia)
Carlos Barcelo (Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics)
Michael Esfeld (Lausanne)
Rasmus Jaksland (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Eleanor Knox (King’s College London)
Vincent Lam (Geneva)
Baptiste Le Bihan (Geneva)
Joanna Luc (Jagiellonian)
Tushar Menon (Oxford)
James Read (Oxford)
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Talk: Allan Franklin

The Geneva Center for Philosophy of Science is happy to present a talk by Allan Franklin (University of Colorado):

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 16:00-17:45, in Room L107 at 2, Rue De-Candolle:

Allan Franklin (University of Colorado): Is seeing believing? Direct and indirect observation in physics

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

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Talk: Vincent Lam

The Geneva Symmetry Group, Beyond Spacetime, and the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity Project are happy to present a talk by Vincent Lam (Geneva):

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 18:15-19:45, exceptionally in Room L208 at 2, Rue De-Candolle:

Vincent Lam (Geneva): Perspectives from general relativity and quantum gravity on laws of nature and causation

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

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Talk: Karen Crowther

The Geneva Symmetry Group, Beyond Spacetime, and the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity Project are happy to present a talk by Karen Crowther (Geneva) this week:

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 18:15-19:45, Room L107 at 2, Rue De-Candolle:

Karen Crowther (Geneva): When do we stop digging? Necessary conditions on a fundamental theory

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

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Geneva: Scientific Collaborator in philosophy of physics or metaphysics

Call for Applications:

SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATOR
in the project ‘To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers’

University of Geneva

The Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a research position (‘collaborateur scientifique’), starting 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation grant ‘To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers’. The position will be funded for up to 21 months from the starting date.

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CFA: Junior Visiting Fellowships in Philosophy of Quantum Gravity, Geneva

Call for Applications:
JUNIOR VISITING FELLOWSHIPS in PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY
University of Geneva

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva (the Geneva Symmetry Group) solicits applications for short- to medium-term junior visiting fellowships for advanced PhD students and recent PhDs, to visit the group anytime between now and June 2018. The fellowships are funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.

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Talk: Alexei Grinbaum

The Geneva Symmetry Group, Beyond Spacetime, and the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity Project are happy to present the first talk of the academic year by Alexei Grinbaum (CEA-Saclay/LARSIM) next week:

Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 18:00-19:30, Room L107 at 2, Rue De-Candolle:

Alexei Grinbaum (CEA-Saclay/LARSIM): How device-independent approaches change the meaning of physical theory

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.
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