Pablo Acuña Luongo
Catholic University of Valparaíso
Fall Term 2017
Rethinking the Epistemology and Ontology of Spacetime: the Einstein-Lorentz-Poincaré connection
Pablo is an assistant professor at the Philosophy Institute of the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile.
He obtained his PhD in 2014 at the University of Utrecht, with a dissertation on the problem of predictive equivalence and underdetermination of theory choice in modern physics. His recent research focuses on the history and foundations of Einstein’s special relativity and of David Bohm’s quantum theory. He has published articles about these subjects in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
While in Pittsburgh, Pablo will explore the connection between Henri Poincaré’s argument for the conventionality of physical geometry, the substantivalism vs. relationism debate about the ontology of spacetime, and the rivalry between Einstein’s special relativity and Hendrik Lorentz’s ether theory.
For further information and links to his published work, visit www.pabloacuna.org.