The conference goal is to bring together philosophers and physicists interested in the conceptual issues surrounding spacetime physics broadly construed, from classical mechanics to quantum gravity. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

– The ontology of spacetime from classical mechanics to general relativity and beyond.

– Recent theoretical developments in the field of quantum gravity.

– Approaches to quantization in shape space physics.

– Black hole physics and its philosophical implications.

– Historical aspects of the development of spacetime theories.

– General relativity and particle physics: unification perspectives.

– Causation in spacetime physics.

– The dark matter vs. modified gravity controversy.

– Metaphysical foundationalism vs. coherentism under the light of quantum gravity.

– Epistemological challenges in devising empirical tests for quantum-gravitational effects.

Date and Venue

3-4 September 2020

Warsaw University of Technology, Plac Politechniki 1, Warsaw

Main Building, room 206

Invited Speakers

Tomasz Bigaj (University of Warsaw)

Carl Hoefer (University of Barcelona)

Tim Koslowski (University of Würzburg)

Vincent Lam (University of Bern)

Tomasz Placek (Jagiellonian University)

Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva)

Scientific Committee

Silvia De Bianchi (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Daniele Oriti (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

Tomasz Placek (Jagiellonian University)

Karim Thébault (University of Bristol)

Antonio Vassallo (Warsaw University of Technology)

Call for Abstracts

Please send a single pdf file with a 500-800 words abstract blinded for review plus a cover page including the author’s information (affiliation, email address) to antonio.vassallo@pw.edu.pl before May 25th, 2020Abstracts should be suitable for a 30-minute talk. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of June.

The event is organized by the philosophy of physics group at the International Center of Formal Ontology in collaboration with the Center for Theoretical Physics (Polish Academy of Sciences), and is associated with the NCN funded research project “Self-Subsisting Structures in Quantum Gravity” (OPUS grant nr. 2019/33/B/HS1/01772).

Organizers

Antonio Vassallo (Warsaw University of Technology)

Bartłomiej Skowron (Warsaw University of Technology)

Marek Kuś (Warsaw University of Technology/Center for Theoretical Physics PAS)

 

Official website: http://www.icfo.ans.pw.edu.pl/en/?page_id=3162

Any inquiry can be addressed to antonio.vassallo@pw.edu.pl.