Research
Reconstructions of Quantum Theory
Reconstructions of quantum theory are a novel research program in theoretical physics which aims to uncover the unique physical features of quantum theory via axiomatization. The program subverts the importance of interpretation and instead focuses on developing an abstract generalization of the fundamental features of quantum mechanics through the derivation of the formalism.
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This is a younger area of theoretical physics that is rife with philosophically interesting content. My research focuses on articulating the new methodological approach that reconstructionists are taking as it relates to foundations of quantum theory and how this approach supports theory construction and exploration. I also am interested in how reconstructions can be explanatory as scientific representations. How those representations are spelled out mathematically is another fascinating aspect of the programme, which informs my interest in more general questions in the applicability of mathematics in theoretical physics. The use of axiomatization as a formal method in theoretical physics is another central focus in my research.
Philosophical Logic
My area of competency is in philosophical logic. In this area I am primarily interested in nonclassical logics, particularly the preservationist approach to paraconsistent logics. To contend with inconsistency, the preservationist approach introduces a forcing relation which preserves the level of consistency within a set. This approach lessens the focus on truth preservation and redirects it to other ways of preserving inference. Paraconsistent logics are logics which have a nonexplosive consequence relation when confronted with inconsistency, and as such are nontrivial. I am interested in the potential connections between these notions in logic and theories in physics.
Talks

(May 2023) "Explanation in the Reconstruction Programme'', Canadian Philosophical Association, Toronto, Canada.

â€‹(November 2022) “Reconstructions of Quantum Theory as Successors to the Axiomatic Method”, Philosophy of Science Association, Pittsburgh, USA.

(May 2022) “The Evolution of the Axiomatic Method in Reconstructions of Quantum Theory”, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

(May 2021) “Novel Methodology in Reconstructions of Quantum Theory”, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.