Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Carl Hoefer

Department of Philosophy,

University of Barcelona 

Carl Hoefer


email: carl.hoefer *AT*


Departament de Filosofia
Universitat de Barcelona
Montalegre, 6-8, 4ª planta
08001 Barcelona

Phone: +34 934 037 982
Fax: +34 934 037 980  

Curriculum Vitae

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My research has mostly addressed age-old metaphysical questions by examining the metaphysics of nature that flows from our best scientific theories. In particular, I work on the nature of space, time and motion as revealed by physics (especially, Einstein's theories of relativity); and on the nature of objective probability as revealed by its uses in many branches of science and other human activities.  I’m also interested in understanding laws of nature, causation, and the relations between these two notions.  For more information, see my ICREA web page, link below.

Selection of Publications

  • Carl Hoefer, Genoveva Martí. 2020

    Realism, Reference & Perspective

    European Journal for Philosophy of Science 10:3, 2020

  • Carl Hoefer, Antonio Vassallo. 2020

    The Metaphysics of Machian Frame-Dragging

    Einstein Studies v. 15Thinking About Space and Time (edited by Claus Beisbart, Tilman Sauer & Chris Wüthrich), Springer, 2020.  

  • Carl Hoefer. 2020

    Scientific Realism Without the Quantum

    Scientific Realism and the Quantum, ed. Steven French & Juha Saatsi, Oxford University Press 2020

  • Carl Hoefer, Christopher Viger, Daniel Viger. 2019

    The Philosopher’s Paradox: How to Make a Coherent Decision in the Newcomb Problem

    THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of ScienceVolume 34/3, September 2019, pp. 313-471.  

  • Carl Hoefer, Genoveva Martí. 2019

    Water Has a Microstructural Essence After All

     European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 9:12 (2019).

  • Carl Hoefer. 2019

    Chance In the World: A Humean Guide to Objective Chance

    Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Carl Hoefer, Albert Solé. 2019

    The Nomological Interpretation of the Wave Function

    Philosophers Look at Quantum Mechanics, ed. Alberto Cordero, Synthese Library #409, Springer 2019.

  • Carl Hoefer, Chris Smeenk. 2016

    Philosophy of Physical Sciences

    Paul Humphreys (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science.  Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2016

  • Carl Hoefer. 2016

    Objective Chance:  Not Propensity, Maybe Determinism

    Lato Sensu: Revue de la Société de Philosophie des Ciencies, U. Catholique Louvain, 2016.

  • Carl Hoefer, Roman Frigg. 2015

    The Best Humean System for Statistical Mechanics

    Erkenntnis. Special issue edited by J. Berkovitz & P. Huneman. December 2015, Volume 80, Supplement 3, pp 551-574
  • Carl Hoefer. 2014

    Mach's Principle as action-at-a-distance in GR: the causality question 

    Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.  Online First Oct. 2014