2nd History & Philosophy of Cosmology Conference (H&PCC 2024)

Sala Malliani

University of Milan

Via Festa del Perdono 7

20122 Milano

There is no conference fee, but registration is required. Please email cosmosproject@unimi.it indicating your name, surname, affiliation, attendance dates and dietary requirements by 1 August 2024.


Tuesday 10 September 2024

9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Welcome

10:00 – 11:15 Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech): Black Holes as Probes: The Standard Siren Method

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00 COSMOS Research Team Group (presentation of results)


14:30 – 15:45 History of Cosmology panel:

14:30 – 14:55 Nichole Levesley (University of Cambridge): Shifting Limits of Knowledge in Modern Cosmology: Cosmogonical Debates between 1948–1965

14:55 – 15:20 Alessio Rocci (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Solvay Institutes): The First Solvay Physics Council on Cosmology (1958)

15:20 – 15:45 Eve-Aline Dubois (University of Namur): Early conceptions of an infinite universe

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:15 Symposium “Cosmology of Post-Hellenistic Platonism. Two Ongoing Research Cases”: Alexandra Michalewski (CNRS), “Matter, Motion and Primary Bodies. New perspectives on Middle Platonist interpretations of Tim. 30a”; Giacomo De Andreis (PhD FINO, University of Pavia), “Precosmic Motion or Movement? Numenius’ Minimalist Version of Temporalism” Discussion with Arianna Piazzalunga (University of Turin), Laura Marongiu (University of Milan), Federico M. Petrucci (University of Turin).

Wednesday 11 September 2024

9:30 – 10:45 George Ellis (University of Cape Town): Cosmology today: Foundational Issues

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30 Philosophy of Cosmology Panel A:

11:15 – 11:40 Antonis Antoniou (University of Bonn, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): Laws, Initial Conditions and Physical Modality: Lessons from Cosmology

11:40 – 12:05 Maura Burke (Utrecht University): A Novel Conceptualization of Fine-Tuning in Inflationary Cosmology

12:05 – 12:30 Álvaro Mozota (University of Girona): Does quantum cosmology predict the age of the universe?


14:30 – 15:45 Karim Thébault (University of Bristol): Model-Based Explication and Quantum Singularity Resolution

Coffee Break

16:15 – 16:40 Adam Koberinski (Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario): Establishing a theory of inflationary cosmology

16:45 – 18:00 Symposium “Underdetermination in past and present cosmology”: Julien Bernard (Aix Marseille University): “The empirical underdetermination of theories at the time of the birth of relativistic cosmology”; Simon Beyne (Aix Marseille University): “The multiple determination strategy to combat underdetermination in the dark matter problem”; Marie Gueguen (University of Rennes): “Back to simplicity: how effective dimensions can break down artificial cases of underdetermination”; Gauvain Leconte-Chevillard (IHPST, Paris):“Rethinking empirical equivalence for today’s cosmology”; Théo Simon (University of Montpellier): “Resolving cosmological tensions to unveil the dark sector of the Universe: a study of the synergy between data, phenomenological models and theoretical models”.

Thursday 12 September 2024

9:30 – 10:45 Renate Loll (Radboud University, Nijmegen): TBA

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30 Philosophy of Cosmology Panel B:

11:15 – 11:40 Lorenzo Lorenzetti (University of Bristol): Making Sense of Gravitational Thermodynamics

11:40 – 12:05 Antonios Papaioannou (Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University): Circularities in the search for empirical grounding for the cosmological principle

12:05 – 12:30 Anastasiia Lazutkina (University of Wuppertal): LCDM and MOND – Divergent Epistemologies in Cosmological Explanations


14:30 – 15:45 Symposium “Cosmological Spacetime–Matter Distinction”: Antonio Ferreiro & Alex Fleuren (Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University): “Spacetime–Matter distinction in scalar field theories and applications to Inflation”; Sanne Vergouwen (Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University): “Black Holes as Massive Spacetime”; Niels Martens (Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University; BHI Harvard): “Interpreting Dark Energy”

Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 Luca Amendola (University of Heidelberg): What do we really measure in cosmology?


20:00 Conference dinner

Friday 13 September 2024

9:30 – 10:45 Jim Weatherall (University of California, Irvine): Two Tooth Fairies and a Dentist: Closing the Loop on Lambda CDM

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30 Symposium “The Physicality of Black Holes”: Niels Linnemann (University of Geneva): “What makes black hole models physically reasonable?” (joint work with Yichen Luo and Chris Smeenk); Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva): “Beyond the limits of analogue experiments”; Marta Pedroni (University of Geneva): “Are black hole singularities weakly located?”; Charlotte Zito (University of Geneva): “Are black holes a case for supersubstantivalism?”

12:30 – 13:00 Farewell and announcement of the next H&PCC2026

LOC: Silvia De Bianchi, Laura Follesa, Marco Forgione, Laura Marongiu, Federico Viglione.

SOC: Antonis Antoniou (University of Bonn), Salvatore Capozziello (University of Naples), Silvia De Bianchi (University of Milan), Claus Kiefer (University of Cologne), Niels Martens (University of Utrecht), Christopher Smeenk (University of Western Ontario).