Research and teaching areas

  • Philosophy of science and philosophy of physics
  • Philosophy of climate science
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics

SNF professorship research project:

The epistemology of climate change
Philosophy of science perspective on the climate challenge

Other project:

The entanglement of physics and philosophy

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

2018 Jaramillo, J. L. and Lam, V. Counterfactuals and the initial value formulation of general relativity. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axy066.
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2018 Lam, V. and Wüthrich, C. Spacetime is as spacetime does. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 64:39-51.
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2017 Lam, V. Structuralism in the philosophy of physics. Philosophy Compass, 12: e12421.
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2017 Egg, M., Lam, V. and Oldofredi, A. Particles, Cutoffs and Inequivalent Representations. Foundations of Physics 47: 453-466.
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2017 Esfeld, M., Lazarovici, D., Lam, V. and Hubert, M. The Physics and Metaphysics of Primitive Stuff. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 68: 133-161.
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2015 Lam, V. Primitive ontology and quantum field theory. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 5: 387-397.
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2015 Lam, V. and Wüthrich, C. No categorial support for radical ontic structural realism. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66: 605-634.
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2014 Lam, V. Entities without intrinsic physical identity. Erkenntnis 79: 1157-1171.
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2013 Lam, V. The entanglement structure of quantum field systems. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 27: 59-72.
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2013 Lam, V. and Esfeld, M. A dilemma for the emergence of spacetime in canonical quantum gravity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44: 286-293.
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2012 Lam, V. and Esfeld, M. The structural metaphysics of quantum theory and general relativity. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43: 243-258.
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2011 Lam, V. Gravitational and non-gravitational energy: the need for background structures. Philosophy of Science 78: 1012-1023.
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2008 Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Moderate structural realism about space-time. Synthese 160: 27-46.
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2007 Lam, V. The singular nature of space-time. Philosophy of Science 74: 712-723.
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2005 Lam, V. Causation and Space-time. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 27: 483-499.

Articles in edited volumes

2018 Lam, V. and Sachse, C. Editorial – Change in Science. Lato Sensu 5: 1-3.
2015 Lam, V. Quantum structure and spacetime. In T. Bigaj and C. Wüthrich (eds.), Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics. New York: Rodopi, 209-228.
2014 Lam, V. Protective measurements and the status of the wave function within the primitive ontology approach. In S. Gao (ed.), Protective Measurement and Quantum Reality : Toward a New Understanding of Quantum Mechanics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 195-210.
2013 Lam, V. Aspects structuraux de l’espace-temps dans la théorie de la relativité générale. In S. Le Bihan (ed.), Précis de Philosophie de la Physique. Paris: Vuibert, 204-221.
2011 Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Ontic structural realism as a metaphysics of objects. In P. Bokulich and A. Bokulich (eds.), Scientific Structuralism. Dordrecht: Springer, 143-159.
2010 Lam, V. Metaphysics of causation and physics of general relativity. In C. Calosi (ed.), Physics and Metaphysics. Pisa: Edizioni ETS, 61-80.
2010 Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Holism and structural realism. In R. Vanderbeeken and B. D’Hooghe (eds.), Worldviews, science and us: Studies of analytical metaphysics. A selection of topics from a methodological perspective. Singapore: World Scientific, 10-31.
2009 Lam, V. Métaphysique de la causalité et physique de la relativité générale. Klesis 13, 106-122.
2009 Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Structures as the objects of fundamental physics. In U. Feest and H.-J. Rheinberger (eds.), Epistemic Objects. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 374: 3-16.
2008 Lam, V. Structural aspects of the singular feature of space-time. In D. Dieks (ed.), Ontology of Spacetime. Philosophy and Foundations of Physics Series. Vol. 2. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 111-131.
2006 Lam, V. Is a world only made up of relations possible? A structural realist point of view. In M. Esfeld (ed.), John Heil.

Invited book reviews

2018 Lam, V. Review of ‘Naturgesetze in einer kausalen Welt’ by Andreas Bartels (Münster: mentis, 2015). Forthcoming in Journal for General Philosophy of Science.
2015 Lam, V. Review of ‘Discrete or Continuous? The Quest for Fundamental Length in Modern Physics’ by Amit Hagar (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
2012 Lam, V. Review of ‘From Current Algebra to Quantum Chromodynamics’ by Tian Yu Cao (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Philosophy in Review 32: 447-449.
2012 Lam, V. Review of ‘Geometric Possibility’ by Gordon Belot (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).