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180138 SE Introduction to Quantum Foundations (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 05.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 12.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 19.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 09.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 16.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 23.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 30.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 07.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 14.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 11.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 18.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 25.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar is intended as a friendly but rigorous introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics for philosophers. The problems we will study include measurement, locality, completeness, ontology, along with live interpretations or extensions of quantum mechanics like pilot-wave, many-worlds, and collapse theories.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance, active participation, seminar presentation(s), and a term paper.

Examination topics

Reading list

Travis Norsen, Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. An Exploration of the Physical Meaning of Quantum Theory, Springer, 2017 (available on u:search) and a selection of articles (which will be available on moodle).

Association in the course directory

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