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Module Reading List

Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Callum Duguid
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Module textbook:
T. Maudlin (2019) Philosophy of physics: Quantum Theory. Princeton Uni. Press,  

Copy available online (off campus)

Week 1: 

Dasgupta, S. (2015). 'Substantivalism vs Relationalism About Space in Classical Physics', Philosophy Compass, 10(9), 601-624

Week 2:

Maudlin, pp. 36-59

Week 3:

Maudlin, pp. 1-17, 36-59, 94-98

Week 4:

Maudlin, pp. 17-29, 69-75

Further Reading:

Maudlin, pp. 59-69

Week 5:

Maudlin, pp. 94-135 (excluding ‘The problem of local beables: Emergence’)

Week 6:

Maudlin, Ch. 5

Week 7:

Maudlin, Ch. 6

Further Reading:

Carroll, S. (2019). Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime. Dutton. Copy available online (off campus) 

Week 8:

Ruetsche, L. (2018). Getting Real about Quantum Mechanics. In J. Saatsi (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism. Routledge.

Week 9:

No set reading  

Week 10:

Christian List, The Naturalistic Case for Free Will, Parts 1-3

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3  

Week 11:

Rovelli, C. (2018). Physics Needs Philosophy. Philosophy Needs PhysicsFoundations of Physics, 48(5), 481-491.

Other suggested readings:

Norsen, T. (2017). Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: An Exploration of the Physical Meaning of Quantum Theory. Springer.

Lewis, P. (2016). Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics. OUP. 

Albert, D. (1992). Quantum Mechanics and Experience. HUP.

Sklar, L. (1991). Philosophy Of Physics. CRC Press.

Maudlin, T. (2012). Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time. Princeton Uni. Press.

List, C. (2019). Why Free Will is Real. Harvard Uni Press. 

This list was last updated on 14/09/2021