- Faculty, Northern Illinois University
- PhD, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, 2007.
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I have studied physics and philosophy first in Italy, my home country, and then in the United States. I have worked in the foundations of quantum mechanics, in particular in the framework of Bohmian mechanics, a quantum theory without observers. My main concern has always been how we can use our best physical theory to answer such general metaphysical questions.
In my physics doctoral dissertation (Genova, 2002), I discussed the classical limit of quantum mechanics, to analyze the connections between the quantum and the classical theories. What does it mean that a theory, in a certain approximation, reduces to another? Is the classical explanation of macroscopic phenomena essentially different from the one provided by quantum mechanics?
In my philosophy doctoral dissertation (Rutgers, 2007) I turned to more general questions that involve the structure of fundamental physical theories, the metaphysical status and the epistemological role of the theoretical entities used in these theories. Do all fundamental physical theories have the very same structure, contrarily to what one might think? If so, what is this telling us about the nature of explanation?
- Valia Allori (forthcoming). Primitive Ontology and the Classical World. In R. Kastner, J. Jeknic-Dugic & G. Jaroszkiewicz (eds.), Quantum Structural Studies: Classical Emergence from the Quantum Level. World Scientific
- Valia Allori (forthcoming). How to Make Sense of Quantum Mechanics : Fundamental Physical Theories and Primitive Ontology. In Ulf Edvinsson (ed.), The Mammoth Book of Quantum Mechanics Interpretations. Open Academic Press
- Valia Allori (forthcoming). Space, Time, and (How They) Matter: A Discussion About Some Metaphysical Insights Provided by Our Best Fundamental Physical Theories. In G. C. Ghirardi & J. Statchel (eds.), Space, Time, and Frontiers of Human Understanding. Springer
- Valia Allori (2015). Maxwell's Paradox: The Metaphysics of Classical Electrodynamics and its Time-Reversal Invariance. Analytica 1:1-19.
- Valia Allori (2015). Primitive Ontology in a Nutshell. International Journal of Quantum Foundations 1 (2):107-122.
- Valia Allori (2015). Quantum Mechanics and Paradigm Shifts. Topoi 2015 (2):313-323.
- Valia Allori (2015). Response to Authors "The Road to Maxwell's Demon". International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 29 (1):94-98.
- V. Allori, S. Goldstein, R. Tumulka & N. Zanghi (2014). Predictions and Primitive Ontology in Quantum Foundations: A Study of Examples. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65 (2):323-352.
- Valia Allori (2013). On the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics. In Soazig Lebihan (ed.), Precis de la Philosophie de la Physique. Vuibert
- Valia Allori (2013). Primitive Ontology and the Structure of Fundamental Physical Theories. In Alyssa Ney & David Z. Albert (eds.), The Wave Function: Essays in the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics. Oxford University Press
- Valia Allori (2013). Book Review Of: "Do We Really Understand Quantum Mechanics?" by Franck Laloë. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Review.
- Valia Allori (2013). Book Review Of: The Road to Maxwell's Demon: Conceptual Foundations of Statistical Mechanics. [REVIEW] International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 27 (4):453-456.
- Valia Allori, Sheldon Goldstein, Roderich Tumulka & Nino Zanghi (2013). Predictions and Primitive Ontology in Quantum Foundations: A Study of Examples. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2):axs048.
- V. Allori, S. Goldstein, R. Tumulka & N. Zanghi (2011). Many Worlds and Schrodinger's First Quantum Theory. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (1):1-27.
- Valia Allori (2011). Book Review Of: "Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy" by N. Huggett. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (1).
- Valia Allori (2010). Book Review of "Quantum Theory: A Philosopher's Overview" by S. Cannavo. [REVIEW] International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 24 (3):330-333.
- Valia Allori (2009). La storia del gatto che era sia vivo che morto. In Enrico Giannetto (ed.), Da Archimede a Majorana: la fisica nel suo divenire. Guaraldi 273-283.
- Valia Allori (2009). Book Review of "The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science" by M. Friedman and A. Nordmann. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (3):pp. 478-479.
- Valia Allori, Sheldon Goldstein, Roderich Tumulka & Nino Zanghi (2008). On the Common Structure of Bohmian Mechanics and the Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Theory. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (3):353 - 389.
- Valia Allori & Nino Zanghi (2008). On the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics. Foundations of Physics 10.1007/S10701-008-9259-4 39 (1):20-32.
- Valia Allori (2007). Fundamental Physical Theories: Mathematical Structures Grounded on a Primitive Ontology. Dissertation, Rutgers
- Valia Allori & Nino Zanghi (2007). E' completa la descrizione della realta' fisica fornita dalla meccanica quantistica? Il Protagora 9:163-180.
- Valia Allori & Nino Zanghi (2007). Ontologie quantistiche di particelle, campi e lampi. In Vincenzo Fano & Mauro Antonelli (eds.), "Strutture dello spazio tra fisica e psicologia" Teorie e Modelli XII, III. Pitagora 9-29.
- Valia Allori, Mauro Dorato, Federico Laudisa & Nino Zanghi (eds.) (2005). La Natura Delle Cose: Introduzione Ai Fondamenti E Alla Filosofia Della Fisica. Carocci.
- Valia Allori & Nino Zanghi (2004). What is Bohmian Mechanics. International Journal of Theoretical Physics 43:1743-1755.
- Valia Allori (2002). Decoherence and the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics. Dissertation, University of Genova, Italy
- Valia Allori, Detlef Duerr, Nino Zanghi & Sheldon Goldstein (2002). Seven Steps Toward the Classical World. Journal of Optics B 4:482–488.
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