On March 1-2, 2018, we will hold a small, but international, workshop in metaphysics and philosophy of science, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
The topic of the workshop is spacetime functionalism, and its aim is to investigate how a functionalist approach may provide the relevant conceptual tools for understanding the nature of spacetime as described by fundamental physics. In particular, the idea is to explore spacetime functionalism in the context of quantum gravity, where it is suggested that spacetime is not fundamental, and the issue of emergence arises. We would like to discuss the analogy here with other forms of functionalism in philosophy—in particular in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.

The PhD students members of a CUSO university have to register here.

If you would like to join us for the dinner on 01.03.2018 and/or for the lunch on 02.03.2018, please write to

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to write to or

The workshop is funded by the CUSO and the University of Geneva (Département de philosophie, Faculté des lettres, Commission administrative). The workshop is organized by Karen Crowther, Niels Linnemann and Christian Wüthrich. It is part of the activities of the Geneva Symmetry Group.