University of Warsaw, Poland
Spring Term 2019
Tomasz Bigaj is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy of Science at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland. He was previously Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Bristol, UK (twice). His research focuses on some fundamental ontological consequences of modern physical theories, in particular quantum mechanics, and philosophical logic (three-valued logic, the logic of counterfactuals, metaphysics of modality). He is co-editor of Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics (Brill-Rodopi 2015), author of Non-locality and Possible Worlds (Ontos Verlag, de Gruyter 2006) as well as author and co-author of a host of articles in international journals (Synthese, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Foundations of Physics, Erkenntnis, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Science) of which a sample is given below.
While in Pittsburgh, Bigaj will work on his latest project concerning the identity and individuality of fundamental objects in quantum mechanics and spacetime theories.
“Are field quanta real objects? Some remarks on the ontology of quantum field theory”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.08.001
“On some troubles with the metaphysics of fermionic compositions”, Foundations of Physics, 2016, 46(9), pp. 1168-1184.
“Dissecting weak discernibility of quanta”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2015, 50, pp. 43-53.
“On discernibility and symmetries”, Erkenntnis, 2015, 80(1), pp. 117-135.
“How to evaluate counterfactuals in the quantum world”, Synthese, 2013 (190), pp. 619-637.