Andrea Oldofredi

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Andrea Oldofredi is postdoctoral researcher for the Portuguese Ministry of Technology and Science working at the Centre of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon. Formerly, from 2017 to October 2021, he was postdoctoral fellow for the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Lausanne, where he obtained his PhD in philosophy of physics in 2016. Oldofredi works mostly in the philosophy of physics, with particular focus on foundational questions about quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. His research has been published in several international peer-reviewed journals such as The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Journal for General Philosophy of Science and Foundations of Physics. Oldofredi is collaborator of the project “The Metaphysics of Quantum Objects” led by Prof. Dr. Claudio Calosi at the University of Geneva, and member of the John Bell Institute.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

– The Dissipative Approach to Quantum Field Theory: Conceptual Foundations and Ontological Implications, with H.C. Öttinger, in European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11(1), (2020); the published version can be found here, the preprint is available here.

– A Persistent Particle Ontology for Quantum Field Theory in terms of the Dirac Sea, with D.-A. Deckert and M. A. Esfeld in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 70(3):747-770 (2019); the published version can be found here, the preprint is available here.

– Classical Logic in the Quantum Context, in Quantum Reports, 2(4):600-616 (2020); the published version is freely available here.

– The Bundle Theory Approach to Relational Quantum Mechanics, in Foundations of Physics, 51(1) (2020); the published version is freely available here.

– Relational Quantum Mechanics and the PBR Theorem: A Peaceful Coexistence, with C. Calosi, in Foundations of Physics 51, 82 (2021), the published version is freely available here.


Book Chapters:

Beables, Primitive Ontology and Beyond: How Theories Meet the World, in: Quantum Mechanics and Fundamentality: Naturalizing Quantum Theory between Scientific Realism and Ontological Indeterminacy, edited by Valia Allori, Springer Nature (forthcoming 2022); the preprint can be found here.

– A persistent Particle Ontology for Quantum Field Theory, with M. A. Esfeld and D.-A Deckert, in: A minimalist Ontology of the Natural World, M. A. Esfeld and D.-A. Deckert, Routledge, p. 103-136 (2017).


Edited volume: Guest Editor for the volume The Foundations of Spacetime Physics. Philosophical Perspectives,

Antonio Vassallo (Ed.), Routledge (forthcoming 2022).