Colloques 2008




17 Mars 2008



Steven French and Structural Realism

Amphithéâtre A, Entrée par le 25, rue de la montagne Sainte Geneviève, 75005 Paris


9h30 Ouverture par Michel Bitbol (CREA, Paris)

10h00 Steven French (University of Leeds) : Bringing structure out of the shadows: between object oriented realism and constructive empiricism

11h00 Pause

11h30 Matteo Morganti (IHPST, Paris) : Reply on ontic structural realism

12h30 Déjeuner

14h30 Steven French (University of Leeds) : The representation of structure and the presentation of objects

15h30 Pause

16h00 Alexei Grinbaum (LARSIM CEA-Saclay) : From symmetry to structure or from structure to symmetry?

17h00 Discussion Générale (sous forme de table ronde informelle)

18h00 Fin des travaux



16-19 Juin 2008


Perspective in Physics and Philosophy



Programme sur le site officiel


The main topics of the conference will be the role of internal and external perspectives, representations, frames of reference and contexts, in various related fields in physics and philosophy.




-perspectival analysis of causality, flow of time and other time-directed concepts

-role of the observer or of an agent in the interpretation and construction of physical theories

-role of inequivalent representations in quantum mechanics

-meaning of reference frames (classical and quantum)

-many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics

-relational interpretation of quantum mechanics

-symmetry in physics, and in Kant, and issues about synthesis and perception

-objectivity, invariance and convention

-issues of perspective and pragmatics in physical modelling

-perspectival pluralism


The conference follows on from the one on Time Symmetry in Quantum Mechanics in Sydney in July 2005 (details here) and the one on Decoherence, Quantum Measurement and the Arrow of Time at Beuggen, Germany, in September 2006 (details here). It is also part of the activities of the FOUNDPHYS network (IHPST, CREA, LARSIM) funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche.


The conference is supported by the Institut fuer Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg, by the Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris (principally through project FOUNDPHYS), and by the Centre for Time, Sydney (through grants of the Australian Research Council).



Organising Committee


Harald Atmanspacher (IGPP Freiburg)

Guido Bacciagaluppi (University of Sydney and IHPST Paris)

Michel Bitbol (CREA Paris)

Jacques Dubucs (IHPST Paris)

Alexei Grinbaum (LARSIM Paris)

Jenann Ismael (University of Sydney)

Huw Price (University of Sydney)






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