Physics meets philosophy in Vienna

Physicists and philosophers from IQOQI Vienna/Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the University of Vienna met last Friday to open a possibly long-term interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophers of science and physicists.

Researchers working on foundations of quantum mechanics make constant use of philosophical concepts and address many questions at the core of the philosophical investigation. However, these two communities have nowadays lost contact, and it is sometimes difficult even to formulate questions in common terminology. In this first meeting, the group of physicists and philosophers created a collaboration to foster intellectual exchange between the two disciplines to benefit both of them, thus reviving the (especially Viennese) tradition of the bond between physics and philosophy. This collaboration aims at opening new common research directions and at raising interest on the interplay between physics and philosophy among research communities, students and the general public.