Please mark your calendar for the upcoming workshop, Philosophy of Dark Energy, to be held in Irvine, California.

March 8 – 10, 2019
University of California, Irvine

In the late 1990s, scientists working on the High-Z Supernovae Search Team and the Supernova Cosmology Project provided the first evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. To explain this acceleration, cosmologists have posited “dark energy”, a previously unknown kind of energy now believed to permeate all of space and to make up approximately 70% of the total energy of the universe. But what is dark energy? Is it the vacuum energy associated with known particle species? Or is it a manifestation of an entirely new entity? Or is it simply a reflection of a non-zero value for Einstein’s “cosmological constant”? This workshop will bring together physicists and philosophers to explore the epistemological and methodological issues raised by dark energy, with a focus on understanding the theoretical motivations and empirical evidence for different proposals concerning its nature.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Deborah Fox. More details about this event will be available soon.

This conference is part of the New Directions in Philosophy of Cosmology project–an ongoing cross disciplinary collaboration between the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western and the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine. Funding for this project is made possible through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to Chris Smeenk and Jim Weatherall.


Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Hubble Monitors Supernova In Nearby Galaxy M82 (license)