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On Reductionism and Functionalism about Space and Time – Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge) 4:30 pm
On Reductionism and Functionalism about Space and Time – Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge) @ CUNY Grad Center, rm 5307
Sep 9 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Various programmes and results in the philosophy/foundations of spacetime theories illustrate themes from reductionism and functionalism in general philosophy of science. I will focus on some programmes and results about how the physics of matter contributes to determining, or even determines, or even explains, chrono-geometry. I hope to say something about most of the following examples: in the philosophical literature, Robb (1914), and Mundy (1983); and in the physics literature: Barbour and Bertotti (1982); Hojman, Kuchar and Teitelboim (1976); Dull, Schuller et al. (2012, 2018); and Gomes & Shyam (2016).   Presented by Metro Area Philosophers of Science =============================================================== Armin Schulz (University of Kansas) Details: 4:30-6:30pm Wednesday Oct 9; 3rd …

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