What exists in the quantum world?

Event information

date icon 19-Jul-10  — 24-Jul-10
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Workshop Organizer: Markus Aspelmeyer, Anton Zeilinger

Internationale Akademie Traunkirchen

Aim of the workshop

The aim of the workshop is to illuminate the philosophy of quantum physics from different perspectives. It is intended as a forum for new approaches to the epistemological and ontological challenges suggested by quantum physics.


The workshop was carried out in an informal way, with emphasis on discussions. The program was decided spontaneously on site. Unsolved questions inspired an open working environment.


The Templeton Research Fellows Program at IQOQI Vienna is a new and world-wide unique scheme to bring together philosophers and scientists in an attempt to generate new philosophical approaches and foundations for modern science. A particular focus of the program is to provide a basis for the challenging epistemology suggested by quantum physics. This program of direct extended collaboration among philosophers and physicists challenges participants to generate new perspectives and interpretations of the world consistent with experimental findings, theoretical advances, and human experience.


Senior Fellows: The workshop brought together philosophers and physicists. Several speakers are international leaders in the philosophy of science.

Name Summeries
Markus Aspelmeyer

Physics Faculty, Vienna University

Gennaro Auletta

“Science and Philosophy”, Pontifical Gregorian University

Features and Events
Tina Bilban

Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences & Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Epistemic and ontic interpretation
Časlav Brukner

Physics Faculty, Vienna University

Quantum Theory and Beyond Is Entanglement Special
Jeffrey Bub

Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland

Vladimir Chaloupka

Department of Physics, University of Washington, Seattle

Raymond Chiao

Department of Physics, University of California, Merced

Do geodesics exist in the quantum world
Daniel Greenberger

Department of Physics, City College of New York

Alexei Grinbaum

LARSIM laboratory, CEA-Saclay

Richard Healey

Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona

A Pragmatist View of Quantum States and Born Probabilities

Two Bohr quotes

Michael Horne

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stonehill College

Tarja Kallio-Tamminen

Researcher of philosophy, academic lecturer and science writer

Universe as a hierarchically leveled whole
Henry Krips

School of Arts & Humanities, Claremont Graduate University

How to be a classical realist and still do Quantum Mechanics
Franck Laloë

Département de physique de l’ENS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Fock states, quantum effects, non-locality – a macroscopic version of the EPR
Xiaosong Ma

Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Stefano Osnaghi

Department of Philosophy, Stanford University & Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée (CREA), École Polytechnique of Paris

Is dualism Bohr’s answer to the measurement problem
Sorin Paraoanu

Low Temperature Laboratory, Aalto University School of Science and Technology

Counterfactuals and partial quantum measurements
Sven Ramelow

Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Stig Stenholm

Department of Physics, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

Anton Zeilinger

Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences & Physics Faculty, Vienna University

Junior Fellows

The workshop was open to a limited number of junior fellows.

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