1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics

Edited By Eleanor Knox, Alastair Wilson Copyright 2021
    786 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    786 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Eleanor Knox and Alastair Wilson

    Section A: Theories

    Part I: Newtonian Mechanics
    Introduction to Part I

    1. Newtonian Mechanics
    Ryan Samaroo

    2. Formulations of Classical Mechanics
    Jill North

    3. Classical Spacetime Structure
    James Owen Weatherall

    4. Relationism in Classical Dynamics
    Julian Barbour

    Part II: Special Relativity
    Introduction to Part II

    5. Relativity and Space-Time Geometry
    Tim Maudlin

    6. The Dynamical Approach to Spacetime Theories
    Harvey R. Brown and James Read

    7. Relativity and the A-Theory
    Antony Eagle

    8. Relativistic Constraints on Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics
    Wayne C. Myrvold

    Part III: General Relativity
    Introduction to Part III

    9. The Equivalence Principle(s)
    Dennis Lehmkuhl

    10. The Hole Argument
    Oliver Pooley

    11. Relativistic Spacetime Structure
    Samuel C. Fletcher

    Part IV: Non-Relativistic Quantum Theory
    Introduction to Part IV

    12. Bell’s Theorem, Quantum Probabilities, and Superdeterminism
    Eddy Keming Chen

    13. Quantum Decoherence
    Elise M. Crull

    14. The Everett Interpretation: Structure
    Simon W. Saunders

    15. The Everett Interpretation: Probability
    Simon W. Saunders

    16. Collapse Theories
    Peter J. Lewis

    17. Bohmian Mechanics
    Roderich Tumulka

    Part V: Quantum Field Theory
    Introduction to Part V

    18. The Quantum Theory of Fields
    David Wallace

    19. Renormalization Group Methods
    Porter Williams

    20. Locality in (Axiomatic) Quantum Field Theory: A Minority Report
    Laura Ruetsche

    21. Particles in Quantum Field Theory
    Doreen Fraser

    Part VI: Quantum Gravity
    Introduction to Part VI

    22. The Development of Quantum Gravity: From Feelings to Phenomena
    Dean Rickles

    23. String Theory
    Richard Dawid

    24. Quantum Gravity from General Relativity
    Christian Wüthrich

    25. Spacetime "Emergence"
    Nick Huggett

    26. The Problem of Time
    Karim P.Y. Thébault

    Part VII: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    Introduction to Part VII

    27. Equilibrium in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics
    Roman Frigg and Charlotte Werndl

    28. Equilibrium in Gibbsian Statistical Mechanics
    Roman Frigg and Charlotte Werndl

    29. Quantum Foundations of Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    Orly Shenker

    30. Entropy Asymmetry
    Arianne Shahvisi

    Section B: Themes

    Part VIII: Explanation
    Introdution to Part VIII

    31. Causal Explanation in Physics
    Matthias Frisch

    32. Non-Causal Explanations in Physics
    Juha Saatsi

    33. Mechanistic Explanation in Physics
    Laura Felline

    34. The Explanatory Value of Selecting the Appropriate Scale(s)
    Lina Jansson

    Part IX: Intertheoretic Relations
    Introduction to Part IX

    35. Nagelian Reduction in Physics
    Foad Dizadji-Bahmani

    36. Phase Transitions
    Sorin Bangu

    37. Universality
    Robert W. Batterman

    38. Chance and Determinism
    Nina Emery

    Part X: Symmetries
    Introduction to Part X

    39. Symmetry and Superfluous Structure: A Metaphysical Overview
    Shamik Dasgupta

    40. Symmetry and Superfluous Structure: Lessons from History and Tempered Enthusiasm
    Jenann Ismael

    41. Permutations
    Adam Caulton

    42. Gauge Theories
    Nicholas J. Teh

    43. Time Reversal
    Bryan W. Roberts

    44. Symmetry Breaking
    Elena Castellani and Radin Dardashti

    Part XI: Metaphysics
    Introduction to Part XI

    45. Laws
    Marc Lange

    46. Chance
    Mauricio Suárez

    47. Holism
    Richard Healey

    48. Dimensions
    Susan G. Sterrett

    49. Fundamentality
    Steven French

    Part XII: Cosmology
    Introduction to Part XII

    50. Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing?
    Sean M. Carroll

    51. Time in Cosmology
    Craig Callender and Casey McCoy

    52. The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Life
    Luke A. Barnes

    53. Dark Matter and Dark Energy
    Melissa Jacquart

    54. Evidence in Astrophysics
    Sibylle Anderl


    Eleanor Knox is Reader in Philosophy of Physics at King’s College London. She works in philosophy of physics, particularly the philosophy of spacetime physics, and is also interested in issues of reduction and emergence, and how these two come together in quantum gravity.

    Alastair Wilson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University. He works on philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, metaphysics, and epistemology, with special interests in the philosophy of quantum theory and the metaphysics of dependence. He is the author of The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism (2020).