Lectures and group discussion on Scientific Realism - Canada Edition

May 28, 2019 at 16:30 to Jul 18, 2019 at 19:00
McGill University - Montreal, QC/Canada

The workshop consists of 16 meetings, divided equally between screened-lectures and discussions. The lectures were recorded for the “Scientific Realism” project held at University of Vienna, in 2018 and are available at https://phaidra.univie.ac.at/view/o:907585.

The screening of these lectures will be open to the general public and it will take place in the Keys Auditorium (RPHYS 112) - Ernest Rutherford Physics Building (3600 University street) every Tuesday, according to the schedule available below, from 4:30 pm to 7pm.

The discussions will be limited to a group of ~30 people, including physicists and philosophers, to be held every Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm at Thomson House (3650 McTavish Street). For each discussion, three people will be responsible individually for each of these tasks: i) moderating the discussion by making sure it is respectful and organized; ii) providing an introductory note based on the screened lecture, aiming at highlighting the most relevant points that were presented; iii) writing a short note on the outcome of the discussion.

Schedule of lecture screenings:
-28/05: Martin Kusch: "Scientific Realism - A Primer"
-04/06: Antony Valentini: "The de Broglie-Bohm Pilot-Wave-Theory"
-11/06: Amanda Gefter: "The Many-Observer Problem of Quantum Mechanics"
-18/06: Robert Spekkens: "The Epistemic View of Quantum States"
-25/06: Christopher Fuchs: "QBism, or Quantum Bettabilitarianism"
-02/07: Carlo Rovelli: "Scientific Realism - Relational Quantum Mechanics"
-09/07: Friedrich Stadler: "Scientific Realism within Logical Empiricism"
-16/07: Ruth Kastner: "The (Relativistic) Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics"