Thursday14Dec 2017

Physics and Fundamentality: a technical talk by Dr. Alyssa Ney

Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2017-12-14 13:00 2017-12-14 14:00 America/Los_Angeles Physics and Fundamentality: a technical talk by Dr. Alyssa Ney AF 212 Betty Hutton Williams Board Room Cristian Bourgeois cbourgeo@chapman.edu

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AF 212

Betty Hutton Williams Board Room

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Abstract: What justifies the allocation of funding to research in physics when many would argue research in the life and social sciences may have more immediate impact in transforming our world for the better? Many of the best justifications for such spending depend on the claim that physics enjoys a kind of special status vis-a-vis the other sciences, that physics or at least some branches of physics exhibit a form of fundamentality. The goal of this paper is to articulate a conception of fundamentality that can support such justifications. I argue that traditional conceptions of fundamentality in terms of dynamical or ontic completeness rest on mistaken assumptions about the nature and scope of physical explanations.

 

You can contact the event organizer, Cristian Bourgeois at cbourgeo@chapman.edu or (657) 268-2338.

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