IPP2014 (Foundations of Physics)

March 20-21, 2014, University of California- Irvine

Organizers: Jeff Barrett (LPS, UC Irvine), Hans Halvorson (Philosophy, Princeton), Giovanni Valente (Philosophy, Pittsburgh), and Jim Weatherall (LPS, UC Irvine)

Over the past decades, philosophers of physics and others have made important contributions to the mathematical and conceptual foundations of physical theories by critically analyzing how the mathematical structures of such theories inform central philosophical concerns, and in some cases by proving new theorems of high philosophical interest. This conference, the second in a series, aims to bring together physicists, mathematicians, and philosophers of physics working on such technical issues.

This conference includes an open call for papers.  Papers by younger researchers, especially graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, are particularly encouraged and will be given priority.  Papers of no longer than 5000 words should be submitted via EasyChair by December 20, 2013. Decisions will be communicated by February 1, 2014.

This conference will be followed immediately by a three day workshop on the Foundations of Gauge Theories. For more information on this event, see Http://www.lps.uci.edu/node/24848.

More information on the first Irvine-Pittsburgh-Princeton Conference on the Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations of Physics, which was held at the Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science in April, 2013, can be found here. That event was immediately followed by a workshop on Relativistic Causality, described here.

The organizers gratefully acknowledge support from the School of Social Sciences at UCI and the UCI Interdisciplinary Program in History and Philosophy of Science.

For further information, please contact James Weatherall, james.owen.weatherall@uci.edu

Posted: March 04, 2014