Quantum Mechanics and its Metaphysics: Primitive Ontology, Metaphysical Neutrality, and the Role of the Wave Function in Quantum Theories
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, 2017–18
Allori has studied physics and philosophy first in Italy, her home country, and then in the United States. She has worked in the foundations of quantum mechanics, with the aim of understanding how to use our best physical theory to answer general metaphysical questions about the nature of reality.
She currently works on the structure of fundamental physical theories, the metaphysical status and the epistemological role of the theoretical entities used in these theories.
- “Determinism, Indeterminism and the Statistical Postulate.” 118th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ. December 17-19, 2017
- “Quantum Mechanics, Time and Ontology.” Philosophy of Time Society at the APA Pacific Division, San Diego, CA. March 18-April 1, 2018
- “Free Will and the Quantum.” International Conference on Quanta and Mind. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. April 11-12, 2018
- Allori, Valia. “A New Argument for the Nomological Interpretation of the Wave Function: The Galilean Group and the Classical Limit of Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics.” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. (Forthcoming)
- Allori, Valia. “Primitive Ontology and Scientific Realism. Or: The Pessimistic Meta-Induction and the Nature of the Wave Function.” Lato Sensu, Revuede La Société de Philosophie Des Sciences. (Forthcoming)
- Allori, Valia. “Primitive Ontology and the Classical World.” In Quantum Structural Studies: Classical Emergence from the Quantum Level, edited by Ruth E. Kastner, Jasmina Jeknić-Dugić, and George Jaroszkiewicz, 175–99. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2017.
- Allori, Valia. “Space, Time, and (How They) Matter: A Discussion About Some Metaphysical Insights Provided by Our Best Fundamental Physical Theories.” In Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding, edited by Shyam Wuppuluri and Giancarlo Ghirardi, 95–107. Cham: Springer, 2017.
- Allori, Valia. “Primitive Ontology in a Nutshell.” International Journal of Quantum Foundations 1, no. 3 (2015): 107–22.
- Allori, Valia. “Maxwell’s Paradox: Classical Electrodynamics and Its Time Reversal Invariance.” Analytica 1 (2015): 1–19.