PHIL 562 - Topics in Philosophy of Physics
Section: 001 Mirror Symmetry, Time Reversal and Charge
Term: WN 2011
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 101 or 233 or equivalent and at least one other course in Philosophy or 12 hrs of physical science or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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We will study a bevy of questions surrounding three concepts which appear intrinsically unrelated, but are in fact deeply connected at the level of quantum physics by the "CPT theorem." These are 'P' for parity ("mirror reflection"), 'T' for time reversal, and 'C' for the interchange of positive and negative charge. For the first three-quarters of the academic term, we will look at these concepts by themselves, along with arguments in metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind that make central use of them. In the last quarter, we will see if the resulting insights can help us understand the philosophical puzzles surrounding the theorem itself.

There should be something here for any philosopher who has worried about the nature of space, time or matter; there should also be plenty for physics students interested in some armchair speculation. We will read essays by Albert, Arntzenius, Block, Earman, Greaves, Hawthorne, Kant, Lee, Malament, Maudlin, Pooley, and Wallace among others.

PHIL 562 - Topics in Philosophy of Physics
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001 (LEC)
10Graduate Standing
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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