Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University
Hall 913, Dekalb, 60115 IL
Interests: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics, Metaphysics
Allori has studied physics and philosophy first in Italy, her home
country, and then in the United States. She has worked in the
foundations of quantum mechanics, in particular in the framework of
Bohmian mechanics, a quantum theory without observers. Her main
concern has always been to understand what the world is really like,
and how we can use our best physical theory to answer such general
metaphysical questions. In her physics doctoral dissertation, she
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
her philosophy doctoral dissertation she 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? She has worked mainly in collaboration with Detlef
Duerr, Sheldon Goldstein, Roderich Tumulka and Nino Zanghi in Bohmian
mechanics, writing several articles with them. She is also co-author
of a book on the philosophy and foundations of physics, written in
Italian, together with Mauro Dorato, Federico Laudisa and Nino
Zanghi. The book, "La Natura delle Cose" ("The Nature
of Things"), has been written for a philosophy or a physics
student who is interested in the main problems of the theory of
relativity, statistical mechanics, quantum theory and causation, but
it might be accessible, even if with some effort, by an interested
D., Philosophy, Rutgers University, Fall 2007 (defense date: May 14,
D., Physics, University of Genova (Italy), Fall 2001 (defense date
December 5, 2001).
Title: "Decoherence and the Classical Limit
of Quantum Mechanics."
Nino Zanghi (Physics Department, University of Genova, Italy).
Committee: Detlef Duerr (Mathematics Department, University of
Munich, Germany), Lodovico Lanz (Physics Department, University of
in Scientific Communication, University of Milano (Italy), Fall
(M.A.), Physics (Summa cum laude), University of Milano
(Italy), Spring 1997 (defense date: March 26 1997).
of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics.
Articles and Book Chapters
- "How to Make Sense of Quantum Mechanics (and More): Fundamental Physical Theories and Primitive Ontology".In (U. Edvinsson ed.): The Mammoth Book of Quantum Mechanics Interpretations. Open Academic Press (forthcoming).
- "Primitive Ontology in a Nutshell", International Journal of Quantum Foundations 1 (3): 107-122 (2015).
- Reply to Authors: "The Road to Maxwell's Demon," by Meir Hemmo and Orly R. Shenker. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science (forthcoming). doi: 10.1080/02698595.2015.1079077
- "Maxwell's Paradox: Classical Electrodynamics and its Time Reversal Invariance." Analytica (on-line at: http://www.analytica.phs.uoa.gr/%CE%B1nalytica%20|2015_1.%20Allori_Maxwell'sParadox.pdf).
- "Quantum Mechanics and Paradigm Shifts."Topoi (first on-line: 05 March 2015). doi: 10.1007/s11245-014-9295-y
and Primitive Ontology in Quantum Foundations: A Study of
Examples." The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65 (2): 323-352 (2014) --
(with S. Goldstein, R. Tumulka, and N. Zanghi). doi: 10.1093/bjps/axs048
the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics.'' In: S. Lebihan
(ed.),"Precis de la Philosophie de la Physique," Vuibert
(2013). ISBN : 978-2-311-01100-5
Ontology and the Structure of Fundamental Physical Theories."
In: D. Albert, A. Ney (eds.), "The Wave Function: Essays in
the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics." Oxford University Press
and Schroedinger's First Quantum Theory." The
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
62 (1), 1--27 (2011) --
(with S. Goldstein, R. Tumulka, and N. Zanghi). doi: 10.1093/bjps/axp053
storia del gatto che era sia vivo che morto'' (transl: ''The
Story of the Cat that was both Dead and Alive''). In: E. Giannetto,
G. Giannini (eds.), "Da Archimede a Majorana: la fisica nel suo
(2009). ASIN: B00HZLTL8Y
the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics."
of Physics 39 (1): 20-32 (2009) -- (with N. Zanghi). doi: 10.1007/s10701-008-9259-4
the Common Structure of Bohmian Mechanics and the
Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Theory." The
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
59 (3): 353-389 (2008) -- (with S. Goldstein, R. Tumulka, and N.
Zanghi). doi: 10.1093/bjps/axn012
Quantistiche di Particelle, Campi e Lampi" (transl.:
“Quantum Ontologies of Particles, Fields and Flashes").
In: V. Fano and M. Antonelli (eds.), "Strutture dello spazio
tra fisica e psicologia," Teorie
e Modelli XII,
III: 9-29 (2007) -- (with N. Zanghi).
completa la descrizione della realta' fisica fornita dalla
meccanica quantistica?" (transl.: “Is the
Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Complete?”) Il
Protagora. 9: 163-180 (2007)
(with N. Zanghi).
is Bohmian Mechanics." International
Journal of Theoretical Physics
43: 1743-1755 (2004) -- (with N. Zanghi). doi: 10.1023/B:IJTP.0000048817.79384.2a
Steps Toward the Classical World." Journal
B 4: 482–488 (2002)--(with D. Duerr, S. Goldstein, N.
Chapters/ Conferences Proceedings
of the Doppler Broad and Shift of the Gamma Lines of residues
Produced in the interaction of 400 MeV 12C Ions with 63Cu." In:
"Proceedings of the International Conference on Nuclear
Physics," Berkeley, CA (2001) -- (with E.
Gadioli, et al.).
Distributions and Forward Recoil Range Distributions of the Residues
Created in the Interaction of 12C and 16O ions with 103Rh."
641: 271–296 (1998) -- (with E. Gadioli, et
Linear Momentum and Energy Transfer Reactions in the Interaction of
12C with 103Rh." In: "Proceedings of the 8th
International Conference on Heavy Nucleon Reaction,"
Paris, France (1998) -- (with E. Gadioli et
Interaction of 12C and 16O with 103Rh."
Physica Hungarica New Series -Heavy Ion Physics
7 (now European
Physical Journal A - Hadrons & Nuclei):
275-287, (1998) -- (with E. Gadioli, et
Functions, Angular Momentum and Recoil Range Distributions of
Resideues Created in Heavy-Ion Reactions." In: "Proceedings
of the South African Institute of Physics National Conference,"
Cape Town, South Africa (1998) --(with E.
Gadioli, et al.).
of Alpha Particles Emitted in the Interaction of 12C with 93Nb."
NAC Annual Report (1998). (with M. Cavinato, et al.).
Comprehensive Study of the Interaction of 12C with 103Rh
up to 33 MeV/nucleon." In: E. Gadioli (ed.), "Ricerca
Scientifica ed Educazione Permanente," Suppl. 111: 171-181
(1997) -- (with E. Gadioli, et
Study of the Reaction of 12C with 103Rh up to 33 MeV/nucleon."
B 394: 29–36, (1997) -- (with E. Gadioli, et
of the Interaction of 12C and 16O with 103Rh." NAC Annual
Report (1997) -- (with E. Gadioli, et
Study of the Interaction of 12C with Nuclei." In: G. Giardina,
G. Fazio, M. Lattuada (eds.), "Large Scale Collective Motion of
Atomic Nuclei." World Scientific (1996) -- (with E. Gadioli, et