Karina Vold (24 Lectures, 10 Tutorials)
This is a course that will focus on some of the philosophical issues inherent in quantum mechanics, and examine how those issues have contributed to the development of the theory, and especially to competing views of the ontological status of the wavefunction. We’ll avoid any very technical features of the theory. No degree of expertise with the material is required (since it’s unreasonable to assume a deep familiarity with both physics and philosophy), but the lectures and discussion will assume a facility with philosophical debate that is appropriate for a 300 level course. We will present each week’s topic in its historical, scientific and philosophical context, and follow up with a discussion.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None