FOMP is a reading group and workshop series run by graduate students and faculty in philosophy and physics at the University of Michigan.
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What is the Philosophy of Physics?
Philosophers of physics focus on a loosely connected set of questions about physics in general and specific physical theories. Some examples: 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)?