2021 Summer Institute

Morzine, France 27 June – 2 July 2021: International Summer Institute in the PHILOSOPHY OF COSMOLOGY and the PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

In recent years, the philosophy of quantum gravity and the philosophy of cosmology have emerged as new fields in their own right, with several summer schools dedicated to each. However, they remain largely unconnected, even though their intersection promises new scientific insights of great significance to philosophical question and the advancement of physics. This Summer Institute proposes to address conceptual, metaphysical, and epistemological implications of big bang, black hole, and multiverse models in quantum gravity: the fundamental nature of space and time, especially the beginning of spacetime, ‘before’ time or ‘outside’ space; the multiverse; the nature of physical law; and how we might have knowledge of such things. These are just some of the questions that we will discuss in this Summer Institute, which addresses graduate students and postdocs from philosophy of physics and related fields. Application details https://beyondspacetime.net/2021summerinstitute/

Faculty: Karen Crowther (Oslo), Nick Huggett (Illinois at Chicago), Mairi Sakellariadou (King’s College London), Chris Smeenk (Western), Francesca Vidotto (Western), David Wallace (Pittsburgh), Christian Wüthrich (Geneva).

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