FraMEPhys: a Framework for Metaphysical Explanation in Physics

FraMEPhys (A Framework for Metaphysical Explanation in Physics) is a five-year research project funded by the European Research Council, as part of an €1.5m ERC Starting Grant (757295) awarded to Alastair Wilson and hosted in the Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham during 2018-2023.

The aim of FraMEPhys is to explore the varieties of explanation that are involved our best physical theories, and in particular to understand the role of metaphysical explanation, understood as any dependencies between aspects of reality that go beyond the classic cause and effect. Explanations involving the geometry of spacetime, quantum entanglement, and closed timelike curves will be the focus of project case studies during 2020-2023. The approach taken is to integrate recent progress in metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.

The project A Framework for Metaphysical Explanation in Physics (FraMEPhys) received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 757295).