PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Symposium: Concepts of Fundamentality in Physics and Philosophy

Friday, 4 November 2016
09:00 - 11:45

Piedmont 3 (12th Floor)

Chair: Steven Savitt, The University of British Columbia

This symposium brings together researchers from different, but related, areas in philosophy who are all trying to understand claims about the ontologically fundamental. Although once shunned and rejected as obscure, claims about fundamentality have come to occupy a key role in the articulation and analysis of a variety of positions in both physics and philosophy. Yet precise definitions and elucidations of the concept have proved elusive. The purpose of this symposium is to try and remedy this by examining a variety of uses to which fundamentality claims are put in philosophy and physics and attempting to understand the concept (or concepts) of Fundamentality that emerges.


Beyond Fundamentality
Jonathan Schaffer, Rutgers University,
Structuralism in the Idiom of Determination
Kerry McKenzie, UC San Diego,
Fundamentality, Composition and Modality
Joseph Melia, University of Oxford,
Fundamental Determinables in Fundamental Physics
Jessica Wilson, University of Toronto,
Fundamentality in Physics: The case of Information
Chris Timpson, University of Oxford,

 

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