Course date

3 July - 14 July, 2006
Application deadline:
15 February, 2006
Course Director(s): 

Barry Loewer

Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

David Albert

Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, USA

Katalin Balog

Yale University, Philosophy, New Haven, United States of America

Carl Hoefer

Department of Philosophy, University of Barcelona, Spain

Tim Maudlin

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick, Philosophy, New Brunswick, NJ, United States of America

David Papineau

King's College London, Philosophy, London, United Kingdom
There is a tradition within the history of physics that proposes that our world may have a complete fundamental physical theory. The course will examine this tradition and especially its prospects in view of foundational issues raised by quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. We will be especially interested in the problem of "descrying" (that is locating and explaining) various features of the macroscopic world, especially the special sciences and features of human mentality and agency within the ontology and laws of fundamental physics.
The course is designed for graduate students and faculty in philosophy and the sciences who already have some familiarity with issues in the philosophy of science and with the fundamentals of twentieth century physics. It is a condensed and streamlined version of a joint Columbia and Rutgers seminar given by Albert and Loewer in the spring of 2005.