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Thomas Ryckman

Professor of Philosophy (Teaching)
Thomas Ryckman


Recent Talks:

"Metaphysics Avoidance", Workshop on Mark Wilson's Physics Avoidance,Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2019.

"QBism, from Pragmatism to Phenomenology", Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, SA, July 15 - Aug 15, 2019.

"What might be learned today from Einstein's interface of physics and philosophy?", Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) Colloquium, February 25, 2019.

"Hermann Weyl: symbolic construction from the purely infinitesimal and gauge invariance", Conference Hundred Years of Gauge Theories, Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef, Germany, July 31, 2018.

"Understanding gauge: Rovelli and Weyl", VIII Conference on Quantum Foundations: Quantum Logic & Quantum Structures, Universidad CAECE, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22, 2018.

"From spacetime to gauge (and back?)", First Chilean Conference on the Philosophy of Physics, Centro de Estudios Avazados y Extensión PUCV, Santiago, November 30, 2018.

"Einstein's 'God letter' (to E. Gutkind, 3 January 1954): Context, Content, Controversy", Instituto de Filosophia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile, November 19, 2018; The Battery, San Francisco, November 2, 2018; & Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, October 25, 2018.

Featured Books

Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science 1987

Featured Articles

"Relativity" James Trefil (ed) Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology 3 (945-961) MacMillan Reference. 2015

"'A Believing Rationalist'" Michel Janssen and Christop Lehner (eds) Einstein and the 'truly valuable' in Kant The Cambridge Companion to Einstein (377-397) CUP. 2014

"Why History Matters to Philosophy of Physics" Studies in History and Philosophy of Science . 2014

"Analytic and Continental Traditions" Co-authored with Michael Friedman, Alan D. Schrift (ed) Frege, Husserl, Carnap and Heidegger The History of Continental Philosophy 3 UChicago Press. 2011

"Hilbert's 'Foundations of Physics" Co-authored with Katherine Brading Gravitation and Electromagnetism within the Axiomatic Method Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 . 2008


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