and the ontology of symmetries in physics
3-4 Jul 2017 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

Conference programme 3-4 July

Monday, July 3, 2017

Time Event  
08:40 - 09:00 Coffee  
09:00 - 09:05 Opening - Welcome  
09:05 - 10:20 A qualified defense of orthodoxy - Richard HEALEY  
10:20 - 10:55 Spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism: Lifting the veil of gauge - Ward STRUYVE  
10:55 - 11:10 Coffee  
11:10 - 11:45 Shadows of symmetry: Absolute and relative in quantum theory - Leon LOVERIDGE  
11:45 - 12:20 Symmetries and indexicals - Quentin RUYANT  
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 - 15:15 What symmetries with DES look like and how gauge symmetries are useful for the DES - Valeriya CHASOVA  
15:15 - 15:50 Two divisions of symmetries and some of their consequences - Joanna LUC  
15:50 - 16:05 Coffee  
16:05 - 17:20 In what sense, if any, of 'direct empirical consequences' do local symmetries have them, and why does it matter, if at all? - James LADYMAN  
18:30 - 22:00 Dinner  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time Event  
08:40 - 09:05 Coffee  
09:05 - 09:40 Direct empirical significance and physical identity - Simon FRIEDERICH  
09:40 - 10:55 On symmetry and observability - David WALLACE  
10:55 - 11:10 Coffee  
11:10 - 11:45 Equivalent and inequivalent spacetimes - Juliusz DOBOSZEWSKI  
11:45 - 12:20 Approximate space-time symmetries - Samuel FLETCHER  
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 - 15:15 Why gauge? Rovelli and Teh on electrodynamics - Alexandre GUAY  
15:15 - 15:50 The metaphysics of invariance - David SCHROEREN  
15:50 - 16:05 Coffee  
16:05 - 17:20 Taking it to the limit - Gordon BELOT  
17:20 - 17:25 Closing - Thanks  
  
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