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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics

Edited by: Eleanor Knox , Alastair Wilson

Print publication date:  September  2021
Online publication date:  September  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138653078
eBook ISBN: 9781315623818
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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the state of the art in the philosophy of physics. It comprisess 54 self-contained chapters written by leading philosophers of physics at both senior and junior levels, making it the most thorough and detailed volume of its type on the market ? nearly every major perspective in the field is represented.

The Companion?s 54 chapters are organized into 12 parts. The first seven parts cover all of the major physical theories investigated by philosophers of physics today, and the last five explore key themes that unite the study of these theories.

I. Newtonian Mechanics
II. Special Relativity
III. General Relativity
IV. Non-Relativistic Quantum Theory
V. Quantum Field Theory
VI. Quantum Gravity
VII. Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
VIII. Explanation
IX. Intertheoretic Relations
X. Symmetries
XI. Metaphysics
XII. Cosmology

The difficulty level of the chapters has been carefully pitched so as to offer both accessible summaries for those new to philosophy of physics and standard reference points for active researchers on the front lines. An introductory chapter by the editors maps out the field, and each part also begins with a short summary that places the individual chapters in context. The volume will be indispensable to any serious student or scholar of philosophy of physics.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Newtonian Mechanics Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Formulations of Classical Mechanics Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Classical Spacetime Structure Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Relationism in Classical Dynamics Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Relativity and Space-Time Geometry Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Dynamical Approach to Spacetime Theories Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Relativity And the a-Theory Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Relativistic Constraints on Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Equivalence Principle(s) Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Hole Argument Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Relativistic Spacetime Structure Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Bell's Theorem, Quantum Probabilities, And Superdeterminism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Quantum Decoherence Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Everett Interpretation: Structure Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Everett Interpretation: Probability  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Collapse Theories Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Bohmian Mechanics Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Quantum Theory of Fields Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Renormalization Group Methods Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Locality in (Axiomatic) Quantum Field Theory: A Minority Report Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Particles in Quantum Field Theory Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Development of Quantum Gravity: from Feelings to Phenomena Download PDF
Chapter  23:  String Theory Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Quantum Gravity from General Relativity Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Spacetime “Emergence” Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Problem of Time  Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Equilibrium in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Equilibrium in Gibbsian Statistical Mechanics Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Quantum Foundations of Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Entropy Asymmetry Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Causal Explanation in Physics Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Non-Causal Explanations in Physics Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Mechanistic Explanation in Physics Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The Explanatory Value of Selecting the Appropriate Scale(S) Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Nagelian Reduction in Physics Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Phase Transitions Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Universality Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Chance and Determinism Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Symmetry and Superfluous Structure Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Symmetry and Superfluous Structure Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Permutations Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Gauge Theories Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Time Reversal Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Symmetry Breaking Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Laws Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Chance Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Holism Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Dimensions Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Fundamentality Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Why is there Something, Rather Than Nothing? Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Time in Cosmology Download PDF
Chapter  52:  The Fine-Tuning Of The Universe For Life Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Dark Matter And Dark Energy Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Evidence In Astrophysics Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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