The Philosophy of Physics at The University of Michigan

Philosophers of physics focus on a loosely connected set of questions about physics in general and specific physical theories.  For instance:

  • Is there a more fundamental theory which explains why quantum measurements seem to collapse the wave function?  Some ideas here.
  • In what way can the time-asymmetric laws of thermodynamics be derived (via statistical mechanics) from the time-symmetric laws of classical mechanics?
  • Is there such a thing as space-time in which objects have position, or are they just related to each other by distances?
  • Is the goal of science merely to produce models that make accurate predictions, or are we able to determine how nature really works?
  • What is the right way to use experimental data to test multiverse theories?
  • Is quantum field theory a theory of particles or fields (or both)?

Philosopher of Physics Hans Halvorson has some additional advice and resources here.