In this paper I take a close look at the SI base quantity “amount of substance”, and its unit, the… Read more The Curious Case of the mole
Naturalistic Quietism or Scientific Realism?
Realists about science tend to hold that our scientific theories aim for the truth, that our successful theories are at… Read more Naturalistic Quietism or Scientific Realism?
Heisenberg’s observability principle
Werner Heisenberg’s 1925 paper “Quantum-theoretical re-interpretation of kinematic and mechanical relations” marks the beginning of quantum mechanics. Heisenberg famously claims… Read more Heisenberg’s observability principle
Workshop: Kinds and Quantities – Classifying and Measuring in Science
Theme of the Conference One of the central topics in the metaphysics of science is the status of natural kinds… Read more Workshop: Kinds and Quantities – Classifying and Measuring in Science
Philosophy of Physics
In this course we will explore the relationship between physics and philosophy at various points in the history of the… Read more Philosophy of Physics
Using defaults to understand token causation
Friends of the counterfactual theory of causation have recently employed the notion of a default to respond to standard problem… Read more Using defaults to understand token causation
Metaphysics is one of the most contested areas of philosophy. Different philosophers mean very different things by ‘metaphysics’, and a… Read more Metaphysics
Are Conservation Laws Metaphysically Necessary
Are laws of nature necessary, and if so, are all laws of nature necessary in the same way? This question… Read more Are Conservation Laws Metaphysically Necessary
Do Objects Depend on Structures?
Ontic Structural Realists hold that structure is all there is, or at least all there is fundamentally. This thesis has… Read more Do Objects Depend on Structures?
Kant’s Critical Philosophy
The topic of this class is Kant’s Critical Philosophy, a period of Kant’s work beginning with the publication of the… Read more Kant’s Critical Philosophy