SOPhiA 2017

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Dispositional Properties in Physics
(Philosophy of Science, English)

Purpose of this presentation is to justify why dispositional terms provide a perspicuous tool in the vocabulary of physics. Physics bears within it the commitment of explaining not only what is accessible to our experience, but also the many facets of the world that are likely to happen and occur. Dispositions introduce the notion of potentiality. Under specifiable circumstances, properties can afford possibilities and entertain merely potential behaviors. I aim to examine the status of dispositions used in the field of classical mechanics and to take a look at their use in quantum mechanics. I will conclude by evaluating the extend and the manner, in which dispositional ascriptions play an explanatory and a predictive role in both of those branches of physics.

Chair: Iulian Toader
Time: 11:45-12:15, 15 September 2017 (Friday)
Location: SR 1.006
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Eirini Georgia Mandopoulou 
(University of Hamburg, Germany)

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Hamburg pursuing her final semester in Philosophy and Classics, where I will be graduating end of September with the thesis "Dispositions in Classical and Quantum Physics", supervised by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gähde. Since 2016 I have been a student assistant in the research project Knowledge and Decision. Interests include mathematical philosophy, philosophy of science and the metaphysics of time. I am also a member of the Society for Philosophy of Time.

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