Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity

This monograph is co-authored with Nick Huggett and is under contract with Oxford University Press. Go here for more information. Contact me if you are interested in reading chapter drafts.

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Edited Volumes and Special Journal Issues

Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics (with Tomasz Bigaj)

Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. Leiden: Brill (2016). [Link to publisher website]

Special issue on The emergence of spacetime in quantum theories of gravity (with Nick Huggett)

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44/3 (2013). [Link to issue at journal website (scroll down a bit)]

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Philosophie der Physik (in German)

To appear in Thomas Reydon and Simon Lohse (eds.), Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, Hamburg: Meiner.

What becomes of a causal set (with Craig Callender)

To appear in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. [Link to paper] [PhilSci Archive] []

Putnam looks at quantum mechanics (again and again)

To appear in Michael Frauchiger (ed.), Themes from Putnam, (Lauener Library of Analytical Philosophy, Volume 5, edited by W. K. Essler and M. Frauchiger) Berlin: De Gruyter. [Link to paper]

Raiders of the lost spacetime

To appear in Dennis Lehmkuhl (ed.), Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories , Basel: Birkhäuser. [Link to paper (penultimate version)] [PhilSci Archive] []


In Tomasz Bigaj and Christian Wüthrich (eds.), Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics, Leiden: Brill (2016), 7-23. [Link to paper (penultimate version)]

A quantum-information-theoretic complement to a general-relativistic implementation of a beyond-Turing computer

Synthese 192 (2015): 1989-2008. [Link to paper] [PhilSci Archive] [] [Journal website]

No categorial support for radical ontic structural realism (with Vincent Lam)

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66 (2015): 605-634. [Link to paper] [PhilSci Archive] [] [Journal website]

The fate of presentism in modern physics

In Roberto Ciuni, Kristie Miller, and Giuliano Torrengo (eds.), New Papers on the Present--Focus on Presentism, Munich: Philosophia Verlag (2013), 91-131. [Preprint] [PhilSci Archive] []

Emergent spacetime and empirical (in)coherence (with Nick Huggett)

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (2013): 276-285. [PDF] [PhilSci Archive] [] [Journal website]

The emergence of spacetime in quantum theories of gravity (editorial, with Nick Huggett)

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (2013): 273-275. [PDF] [Journal website]

Time in quantum gravity (with Nick Huggett and Tiziana Vistarini)

In Adrian Bardon and Heather Dyke (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Time, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (2013), 242-261. [Preprint] [PhilSci Archive] []

A la recherche de l'espace-temps perdu (in French)

In Soazig LeBihan (ed.), Précis de philosophie de la physique, Paris: Vuibert (2013), 222-241. [French version] [English version] [PhilSci Archive (English preprint)] [ (authoritative version in both English and French)]

The structure of causal sets

Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43 (2012): 223-241. [PDF] [PhilSci Archive] [] [Journal website]

Die allgemeine Relativitätstheorie als Ausgangspunkt einer Quantentheorie der Gravitation (in German)

In Michael Esfeld (ed.), Philosophie der Physik, Berlin: Suhrkamp (2012), 306-324. [Preprint (in German)]

Demarcating presentism

In Henk de Regt, Samir Okasha, and Stephan Hartmann (eds.), EPSA Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009, Dordrecht: Springer (2012), 439-448. [PDF] [PhilSci Archive (Penultimate draft)]

Can the world be shown to be indeterministic after all?

In Claus Beisbart and Stephan Hartmann (eds.), Probabilities in Physics, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2011), 365-389. [PhilSci Archive (Preprint)]

Time travel and time machines (with Chris Smeenk)

In Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2011), 577-630. [PhilSci Archive (Preprint)]

No presentism in quantum gravity

In Vesselin Petkov (ed.), Space, Time, and Spacetime: Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski's Unification of Space and Time, Berlin: Springer (2010), 257-278. [PDF] [PhilSci Archive (Preprint)]

Challenging the spacetime structuralist
(Winning entry of the 2009 Philosophy of Science Association Recent Ph.D. Award)

Philosophy of Science 76 (2009): 1039-1051. [PDF] [PhilSci Archive (Preprint)]

Do the laws of physics forbid the operation of time machines? (with John Earman and Christopher Smeenk)

Synthese 169 (2009): 91-124. [PDF] [PhilSci Archive (Penultimate draft)]

A twist in the geometry of rotating black holes: seeking the cause of acausality (with Hajnal Andréka and István Németi)

General Relativity and Gravitation 40 (2008): 1809-1823. [PDF] [arXiv (earlier preprint)]

Zeitreisen und Zeitmaschinen (in German)

In Thomas Müller (ed.), Philosophie der Zeit: Neue analytische Ansätze, Frankfurt a.M.: Vittorio Klostermann (2007), 191-219. [PDF (penultimate version)]

Excerpts reprinted as:

To quantize or not to quantize: fact and folklore in quantum gravity

Philosophy of Science 72 (2005): 777-788. [PDF] [PhilSci Archive (earlier preprint)]

Time machines (with John Earman)

In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2004 Edition, revised for Winter 2010 edition), URL = <>. [Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

Generic incomparability of infinite-dimensional entangled states (with Rob Clifton and Brian Hepburn)

Physics Letters A303 (2002): 121-124. [PDF] [arXiv]

Henri Laueners offener Transzendentalismus (in German; with Philipp Keller, Stephan Leuenberger, and Nora Nussbaum)

Information Philosophie 28/5 (2000): 34-41. [PDF]

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Book Reviews

Review of Tian Yu Cao, From Current Algebra to Quantum Chromodynamics: A Case for Structural Realism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2010)

HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 4 (2014): 368-371. [Preprint]

Review of Nick Huggett, Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy, New York: Oxford University Press (2010)

Metascience 21 (2012): 485-488. [PDF] [Preprint]

Review of Katherine Brading and Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in physics: philosophical reflections, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2003)

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 36 (2005): 576-582. [PDF]

Review of Nick Bostrom, Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy, New York: Routledge (2002)

Philosophy of Science 71 (2004): 230-232. [PDF]

Review of Helena Eilstein (ed.), A Collection of Polish Works on Philosophical Problems of Time and Spacetime, Dordrecht: Kluwer (2002)

Erkenntnis 60 (2004): 265-270. [PDF]

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