[SydPhil] Notification: Sarita Rosenstock (ANU) @ Wed 4 Mar 2020 15:30 - 17:00 (AEDT) (Seminars)

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Title: Sarita Rosenstock (ANU)
Title: A Category Theoretic Framework for Physical RepresentationAbstract:  
It is increasingly popular for philosophers of science to use category  
theory, the mathematical theory of structure, to adjudicate debates about  
the (in)equivalence of formal physical theories. In this talk, I discuss  
the theoretical foundations of this strategy. I introduce concept of a  
“representation diagram" as a way to scaffold narrative accounts of how  
mathematical gadgets represent target systems, and demonstrate how their  
content can be effectively summarised by what I call a “structure  
category". I argue that the narrative accounts contain the real content of  
an act of physical representation, and the category theoretic methodology  
serves only to make that content precise and conducive to further  
analysis. In particular, one can use tools from category theory to  
assess whether one physical formalism thus presented has  
more "properties", "structure", or "stuff" than another. NB: Tea at  
15:15 in the Philosophy Common Room!
When: Wed 4 Mar 2020 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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