The Debate on Determinism and its Physical Foundations

The determinism of analytic mechanics, the principle of indeterminacy of quantum mechanics and the problems of predictability associated with the chaotic processes are some examples that reveal that the question about determinism remains unanswered today.

This investigation aims at moving forward in the elucidation of the polemics around the existence of a possible ontological determinism, by achieving a more precise distinction between the notions related to determinism and by delving into the ontological foundations of physical theories.

The goal is to explore whether determinism should be considered as a property of nature or as a consequence of the axiomatic system of physical theories. Among these, quantum mechanics will be chosen for a deeper study. Under the light of advances in contemporary philosophy of mind, the relation between determinism and freedom will also be dealt with.

Principal Investigators:

 Dra. Claudia E. Vanney y Dr. Juan F. Franck


Dra. Angela Suburo, Dra. Belén Mesurado, Dr. Mariano Asla.

Research Assistants:

Dr. Juan José Sanguineti (Università della Santa Croce). 

Lic. Ignacio del Carril (Universidad Austral).

Duration: 2016-2018


 Templeton World Charity Foundation (USD 363.964)