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

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Symposium: General Relativity in Its Second Century

Friday, 4 November 2016
13:30 - 15:30

Augusta F (7th Floor)

Chair: Sarita Rosenstock, UC Irvine

General relativity recently celebrated 100 years as a cornerstone of modern physics, but significant prospects for development exist: cosmological observations drive proposals for dark energy and matter, and spacetime inflation; theoretical investigations raise questions about unification with quantum mechanics, especially at spacetime singularities; and these developments keep relevant philosophical questions about physical geometry. The session investigates the most significant philosophical issues raised by these challenges: how they suggest a new understanding of geometry; underdetermination in cosmological extensions of general relativity; whether the semi-classical approach to cosmology is undermined by black hole radiation; and the 'pre-history' of the big bang in quantum gravity.

GR, Effective at Cosmological Scales?
Chris Smeenk, Western University,
What have we learned about quantum gravity from the black hole information paradox?
Daniel Harlow
The (a)temporal emergence of spacetime
Nick Huggett, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Christian W├╝thrich, University of Geneva,
Spacetime Functionalism and General Relativity
Eleanor Knox, King's College London,


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