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"