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Published on Thursday, January 17, 2013


The main ambition of the workgroup “Philosophie et Physique” is to combine certain aptitudes in history and philosophy of physics in an attempt to engage issues that may resonate with transversal philosophical research concerning, in particular, the nature of space and time. It seems to us that the twentieth-century transformations of the concept of space-time—which may even be abandoned once quantum theory and general relativity are unified—are fertile ground for such an enterprise. The search for quantum gravity poses technical and conceptual problems ; many physicists feel that such a theory is best developed by re-thinking the foundations of quantum mechanics and general relativity. It is in this spirit that we propose our research seminar, whose purpose is to examine the evolution of the concepts of space and time, from the introduction of Raumzeit by Minkowski in 1907-8 to modern theories (strings, loops, causal sets, non-commutative geometries) which—despite differences—seem to agree, in ways that will have to be clarified, on the disappearance of space-time.



  • Élie During (Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre et CIEPFC-ENS)
  • Alexis de Saint-Ours (REHSEIS-SPHERE / Université Paris Diderot)
  • Paris Ouest-Nanterre University


Monthly, Friday 14:00–17:00, Room Malevitch (483A).

Bâtiment Condorcet, Université Paris-Diderot, 4 rue Elsa morante, 75013 Paris

2th November 2012

  • John Stachel (Center for Einstein Studies, Boston University) : Space-Time and Background Independence : The Hole Story

21th December

Edward Anderson & Alexis de Saint-Ours (University Paris Diderot) : Physical and Philosophical Discussion on Time and Change : Machian approaches to the Problem of Time in Quantum Gravity 

1st February 2013

  • Julien Bernard (Ceperc, Universite de Provence) : Weyl et le problème de l’espace

22th February

  • Holger Lyre (University Magdeburg) : Quantum Phases and Realism about Structure

29th March

  • Carlo Rovelli (Universite de la Méditerranée) : Réalisme et quanta : l’objet réel n’est pas la fonction d’onde 

24th May

  • Fabien Besnard (EPF, Sceaux) : A friendly introduction to the concepts of noncommutative geometry

28th June 9:30–18:30 salle Luc Valentin, 454A

  • Aurélien Barrau (Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et Cosmologie, CNRS),
  • Nazim Bouatta , Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge),
  • Gabriel Catren (CNRS),
  • David Wallace (University of Oxford)


  • Université Paris Diderot, bâtiment Condorcet, 4th floor - 4 rue Elsa Morante
    Paris, France (75013)


  • Friday, February 01, 2013
  • Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Friday, March 29, 2013
  • Friday, May 24, 2013
  • Friday, June 28, 2013
  • Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Friday, November 02, 2012


  • philosophie, fondements de la physique, espace, temps, espace-temps, relativité générale, mécanique quantique, gravité quantique


  • Alexis De Saint-ours
    courriel : asaintours [at] free [dot] fr

Information source

  • Nad Fachard
    courriel : nad [dot] fachard [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr


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