The Foundations of Modern Physics group (FOMP) provides a forum for philosophers, physicists, and other interested parties to come together and discuss philosophical, conceptual, etc. (as well as relevant historical and mathematical ones) of contemporary physical theories. The group primarily focuses on the branch of philosophy called “philosophy of physics” and the related branch of physics known as “foundations of physics.” We meet every two weeks to discuss articles chosen by the participants and the organizers. Graduate students, faculty, and professional staff members are encouraged to participate. We are funded by the graduate school as a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop.

Check our Readings tab for our reading schedule (as well as the date and time) of our next meeting and an archive of the readings from past academic years.

Participants are expected to have read through one or two articles, which we will discuss during our meetings. We also provide a venue for workshopping graduate student work in progress. Contact Francisco Calderón (fcalder@umich.edu) or Gabrielle Kerbel (gekerbel@umich.edu) if you want to be added to our mailing list or present work in progress.

In past years, we have put on a workshop covering different areas of the foundations of physics (check our Workshops tab). After not holding events for the last couple of years due to Covid, we’re hoping to host an in-person event at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.