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180176 VO-L The knowledge problem of quantum physics (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie


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


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Literatur 12.10.2020
- Heisenberg: Über den anschaulichen Inhalt der quantentheoretischen Kinematik und Mechanik
- Bohr: The Quantum Postulate and the Recent Development of Atomic Theory

Literatur 19.10.2020
- Schinckus: From Cubist Simultaneity to Quantum Complementarity
- Capello: Science as Story
- Mairhofer: »mit der feuerzange« – Brechts Kaukasischer Kreidekreis und das Messproblem der Quantenphysik

Literatur 09.11.2020
- Reichenbach: Faculty Research Lecture
- Gigerenzer: The probabilistic revolution in physics
- Mairhofer: "Die Spieler die wir sind" – zu einer Denkfigur im Kaukasischen Kreidekreis

Literatur 16.11.2020
- Cushing: Philosophical Concepts in Physics, Kapitel 19 & 20
- Held: Die Struktur der Quantenmechanik

Literatur 23.11.2020
- Schrödinger: Die gegenwaertige Situation in der Quantenmechanik
- de Broglie: The wave nature of the electron

Literatur 30.11.2020
- Einstein, Podolsky & Rosen: Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete' ?
- Bell: Bertlmann's socks and the nature of reality
- Cushing: Philosophical Concepts in Physics, Kapitel 21 & 22

Literatur 07.12.2020
- Esfeld: Das Meßproblem der Quantenmechanik heute
- Ananthaswamy: Through two doors at once, Kapitel 6 & 8
- Cushing: Philosophical Concepts in Physics, Kapitel 23

Literatur 14.12.2020
- Reichenbach: Philosophic Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, §28-§34
- von Weizsäcker: Aufbau der Physik, Kapitel 6 Quantenlogik
- Rodríguez: Lógica Aimara trivalente

Literatur 11.01.2021
- Merleau-Ponty: Nature, Kapitel: Classical and modern physics
- Bachelard: Epistemologie, Kapitel Epistemologie der Physik
- Berghofer: Scientific perspectivism in the phenomenological tradition

Literatur 18.01.2021
- van Fraassen: Critique of the Standard interpretation
- Hacking: Representing and Intervening, Kapitel 1

Literatur 25.01.2021
- Barad: Nature's Queer Performativity
- Kirby: Quantum Anthropologies, Kapitel 1

Monday 12.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 19.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 09.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 16.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 23.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 30.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 07.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 14.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 11.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 18.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Monday 25.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7


Aims, contents and method of the course

UPDATE COVID-19, November 5th 2020: According to the regulations on the 2nd lockdown the course will be held in distance learning from now on.

The respective links for joining the sessions will be announced here as well as in the moodle course.

IMPORTANT NOTE regarding COVID-19: Currently I plan to give the lecture in the lecture hall. As far as possible audio recordings will be provided. In any case the lecture will be supported by a well-prepared moodle-course. This shall enable students to follow the lecture from home, if they prefer.

However, in the likely case of an escalation of the pandemic in autumn, the lecture will take place as live-stream.

The lecturer has obtained quite some experience in distance teaching.

Please register for the course to obtain access to the moodle-course.

Quantum physics poses a series of epistemological questions. The lecture gives an introduction into the philosophical problems as well as into the physics from which they arise. This will enable the students to interpret relevant literature and primary sources.

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment has two components.

On the one hand, students will write two short comments (three pages/5000 characters including spaces) on two texts they chose from the literature list. These comments have to be handed in UNTIL FRIDAY 23:59 BEFORE THE RESPECTIVE LECTURE to which the text associated. This has the purpose, that questions posed in the comments will be discussed in the lecture.

Furthermore after the completion of the lecture an exam will take place. It consists of to questions which are independent of each other. This exam is intended as oral exam. If, however, the further development of the current pandemic makes such an arrangement unsafe, the exam will take the form of a written paper on the to questions. The paper will have an extent of about 12.000 characters including spaces and has to be handed in within a fixed deadline.

All oral and written contributions by students can be in either German or English, as the respective student prefers.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Assessment criteria

The comments are evaluated along the following criteria:
- Has the content of the text under discussion been understood correctly?
- Has the hypothesis of the text, its aim and the line of argumentation been understood correctly?
- Has a well-founded criticism or a question for further discussion been developed?

The final exam is evaluated along completeness and correctness of the answers. Furthermore the student is expected to develop her/his own thoughts on the topic.

Both components of the assessment (written comments, final exam) contribute with 50% to the grade. Both components have to be graded positiv for a positive completion of the course.

Minimal requirements:

If less than two comments are handed in within the respective deadline, the grade is negative.

In case the final exam takes place in form of a written assignment, it has to be delivered within the deadline - otherwise the grade is negative.

All written partial performances have to follow the rules of good scientific practice. By registering to the course or by handing in a written partial performance, the students tacitly agree, that their written contributions may be checked for plagiarism by electronic means (turnitin).

Examination topics

The exam will be on the content of the lectures as well as the literature

Reading list

see comments to the dates of the lectures

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 30.04.2021 10:28