Talk: Rawad El Skaf

The Geneva Symmetry Group, Beyond Spacetime, and the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity Project are happy to present a talk by Rawad El Skaf (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/IHPST):

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, exceptionally at 14:15 and in room B101 in Bastions:

Rawad El Skaf (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/IHPST): The function and limit of Galileo’s falling bodies thought experiment: Absolute weight, specific weight and the medium’s resistance

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

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Talk: Lucy James

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

Wednesday, 28 February 2017, 18:15-19:45, in Room L107 at 2, Rue De-Candolle:

Lucy James (Bristol): What does fundamentality mean and what is its relevance for quantum gravity?

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

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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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