Fall 2021 Colloquium - Benjamin Feintzig

Benjamin Feintzig, University of Washington

MCPS Lecture

Title: "Why care about quantization?"

Abstract: The modern mathematical theory of quantization provides methods for both constructing quantum theories from information about classical physical systems as well as analyzing the limit of small values of Planck's constant, which relates quantum theories to their classical predecessors. In this talk, I will suggest that quantization provides tools for contributing to long-standing issues in philosophy of science. First, I claim the tools of quantization can help clarify the extent to which one can formulate an intertheoretic reduction between classical and quantum mechanics. Second, I claim the tools of quantization can make precise the sense in which there is structural continuity between classical and quantum mechanics, as required by certain kinds of structural realism. Third, I claim that quantization highlights whether certain heuristics for theory construction could possibly be justified. My discussion will be programmatic, aiming to provide an introduction that avoids technical details, and I will conclude with a number of open questions.


Lectures begin at 3:35pm in Rapson Hall 45 on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. As a reminder, masks are required indoors by University of Minnesota policy. 

The Program in History of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science will host a joint lecture series in Fall 2021. At this time, all events will be in-person unless otherwise stated. Please contact hstm@umn.edu for more information. 




Start date
Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 3:35 p.m.
End date
Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Rapson Hall, room 45.