[SydPhil] CONF: Time Symmetry: A Unified Approach. (University of Sydney, 29-30 August 2013)

Matthew Farr matt.farr at sydney.edu.au
Thu Aug 15 15:35:35 AEST 2013

Time Symmetry: A Unified Approach.
A two-day international conference on the philosophy of time symmetry.

Centre for Time, University of Sydney
Quadrangle, Room S401
August 29-30, 2013


*Please register<http://newagendasstudyoftime.wordpress.com/events/time-symmetry/#register> if you wish to attend*
(there is no registration fee)

The underlying laws of physics are largely symmetric in time, and yet time-asymmetric concepts are pervasive throughout different areas of philosophical study. For instance, causes are believed to precede their effects in time and not vice versa, our knowledge of the past differs in form from our knowledge of the future, we believe we can influence the future but not the past, we dread or look forward to future events but not past events, etc. This conference looks at time symmetries and asymmetries in physics, causation, probability and agency, and their commonalities.

Schedule. [Download PDF<http://newagendasstudyoftime.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/time-symmetry-schedule.pdf>]
Thursday 29 August
•  10:00–11:15. Huw Price (Cambridge). “Bananaman and the Ultimate Contingency.”
•  11:15–11:45. Coffee break.
•  11:45–13:00. Alison Fernandes (Columbia). “The Time Asymmetry of Agency.”
•  13:00–14:30. Lunch break.
•  14:30–16:45. Matt Farr (Sydney). “On the ‘Initialness’ of Initial Conditions.”
•  16:45–17:15. Coffee break.
§  17:15–18:30. Toby Handfield (Monash). “Genealogical explanations of our temporally asymmetric concepts.”

Friday 30 August
•  10:00–11:15. Antony Eagle (Adelaide). “The Past Can Be Changed.”
•  11:15–11:45. Coffee break.
•  11:45–13:00. Phil Dowe & Gerard Milburn (Queensland). “Superposed Temporal Order.”
•  13:00–14:30. Lunch break.
•  14:30–16:45. Peter Evans (La Trobe). “Action Principles and Teleology: is Lagrangian mechanics telling us something about the world?”
•  16:45–17:15. Coffee break.
•  17:15–18:30. Craig Callender (UCSD). “Thank Goodness That Conference is Over: Explaining Tensed Temporally Asymmetric Biases.”

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Time, University of Sydney, and is sponsored by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney.

Register for attendance at http://newagendasstudyoftime.wordpress.com/events/time-symmetry/#register

For further information, please contact <mailto:matt.farr at sydney.edu.au> Matt Farr<mailto:matt.farr at sydney.edu.au?subject=Time%20Symmetry%20conference> or Sam Baron<mailto:samuel.baron at sydney.edu.au?subject=Time%20Symmetry%20conference>.
DR MATT FARR | Postdoctoral Research Fellow
New Agendas for the Study of Time<http://newagendasstudyoftime.wordpress.com/> | Centre for Time
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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