Philosophy of Physics

In this course we will explore the relationship between physics and philosophy at various points in the history of the two disciplines.
Our guiding theme this year will be the question of spatiotemporal locality: intuitively that’s the idea that two events or things happen/are at the same place at the same time. What does it mean in the context of physical theories and why is it important? Through this (humble?) theme we will be able to explore questions about causation and natural law in physics, the meaning of the famous formula E=mc², the role of philosophy in the development of physical theories, the nature of scientific explanations and others more. Here’s the full syllabus: Syllabus Phil Physics 2013

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