Philosophy of Physics Seminar: 'A new spontaneous collapse model for quantum field theory'
Professor David Snoke (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh) will speak on May 2nd, 1pm in the Seminar Room, 3rd floor in the Radcliffe Humanities building.
Spontaneous collapse models for quantum mechanics have the appeal that they do not involve the conceptual gymnastics of many parallel universes, knowledge-based collapse, pilot waves, and so on, but they are widely perceived to either not work (violate experimental results), or to be "ugly." In this talk I present a new model that is explicitly compatible with quantum field theory, reproduces the results of weak measurement theory and quantum trajectories, and just involves a fairly simple change to the Schrödinger equation. I will compare and contrast it to some earlier spontaneous collapse models, and discuss briefly how this type of non-unitary theory compares with a strictly unitary many-worlds approach.
D.W. Snoke, “A model of spontaneous collapse with energy conservation,” Foundations of Physics 51, 100 (2021).
D.W. Snoke, “Mathematical formalism for nonlocal spontaneous collapse in quantum field theory,” Foundations of Physics 53, 34 (2023).
Convenor: Harvey Brown
Derek Parfit: One Man's Mission to Save Morality
David Edmonds -- philosopher, presenter of the Philosophy Bites podcast, and author of a new biography of Derek Parfit -- will speak to students about Parfit's life and work.
Tuesday 2nd May, 18:00, Lecture Room 23, Balliol College.
The event is open to all Oxford students, and tickets are free, but sign-up required via this link.
The First Joseph Raz Memorial Lecture
Professor Yossi Nehushtan: 'The Meaning and Importance of Autonomy in a World in Which We Have no Free Will'
Professor Nehushtan, a former student of Joseph Raz, holds degrees from Striks Law School (LLB), the Hebrew University (LLM) and Oxford University (BCL, MPhil, DPhil). He is currently a Professor of Law and Philosophy at Keele University. In Keele, Yossi is the General Editor of the Keele Law Review, and Co-Director of the MA in Human Rights. Yossi’s areas of research are legal theory, political theory, public law, human rights law, and law and religion. Yossi was Visiting Research Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford University (2022); and held the HLA Hart Visiting Research Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law (CEPL), University College, Oxford (2013). Yossi had the privilege of having Joseph Raz as his supervisor for his BCL dissertation, MPhil, and DPhil at Oxford.
Tuesday 2 May, 8pm, at the Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ
Buffet reception 7pm. RSVP for buffet reception: email@example.com
All are welcome!
Birth: Perspectives in Feminist Philosophy
Intersectional Humanities Programme
Tuesday 2 May 2023, 2pm -4pm
Online and In-person, Lecture Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG, U.K.
Stella Villarmea and Sara Cohen Shabot, will be presenting papers, followed by discussion moderated by Katherine Morris.
The Intersectional Humanities Programme has a close affinity with the community of the interdisciplinary MSt in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, which has a 25-year history (until 2021 as Women’s Studies) of intersectional critical engagement in which theory and practice have cross-fertilised. The interplay of activism within and outside the academy speaks to the politics of naming – conspicuously to that of ‘woman’ - and to the understanding of all terminological descriptors in their most capacious sense.
Prof. Stella Villarmea, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid
Prof. Sara Cohen Shabot, The Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Program, University of Haifa
Dr Katherine Morris, Supernumerary Fellow in Philosophy, Harrassment Officer, Mansfield College, University of Oxford
All welcome. Register here to watch online.
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