Rutgers University Center for Philosophy and the Sciences

Current Event

Title:Metaphysics Meets Physics on the Banks of the Raritan

Date:October 26 - 28, 2007

About:Conference on the relations between physics and Metaphysics. The focus of the conference are questions concerning how physics and metaphysics have, do, and ought to inform each other.

Sponsored by The Rutgers Center for Philosophy and the Sciences*. Organized by Barry Loewer and Heather Demerast. For further information contact Barry Loewer or Heather Demarest.


Friday, October 26

2:00 PM: Nick Huggett (University of Illinois Chicago Circle) - "(Again) A Philosopher Looks at String Theory"
Commenter: Brian Greene (Columbia/Physics)

4:00 PM: Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers) - "Reflections on how Physics constrains Metaphysics"
Commenter: Brian Weatherson (Cornell/Rutgers)

7:00 PM: Dinner (Stage Left)

Saturday, October 27

10:30 AM: Alan Code (Rutgers) - "Aristotle on the Relationship Between Physics and Metaphysics"
Commenter: David Charles (Oxford)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Tim Maudlin - "Completeness, Supervenience and Ontology"
Commenter: Robbie Williams (Leeds)

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Cian Dorr (University of Pittsburgh) - "Our Place in a Quantum World"
Commenter: Valia Allori (Northern Illinois)

7:00 PM: Dinner (Makeda)

Sunday, October 28

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Yuri Balashov (University of Georgia) - "Physical and Metaphysical Possibility"
Commenter: Alyssa Ney (Rochester)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: David Albert (Columbia) - "The World's Probability Distribution"
Commenter: Chris Meacham (University of Massachusetts )

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Discussion

Wednesday, December 2

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM:  Toby Handfield "Everettian Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Chance"

If you would like to attend part or all of the conference contact Heather Demarest. For planning purposes only those who contact us will be able to attend. It may be possible to arrange lodging at University Inn and participation in dinners.

This conference will be held in the Seminar Room (128-129) of Davison Hall on Douglass Campus.

* The Rutgers Center for Philosophy and the Sciences is supported by a Rutgers Excellence Grant. We are very grateful to Phil Furmanski for his support.