Professor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University
920, Dekalb, 60115 IL
Phone: 815 753 6412 (office)
Research 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, 2007).
- Ph. D., Physics, University of Genova (Italy), Fall 2001
(defense date December 5, 2001).
- Thesis 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 Milano,
- Certificate in
Scientific Communication, University of Milano (Italy), Fall 1999.
- Laurea (M.A.),
Physics (Summa cum laude),
University of Milano (Italy), Spring 1997 (defense date: March 26
- Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics.
- Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics.
- "Predictions and Primitive Ontology in Quantum Foundations: A Study of Examples." The British Journal for
the Philosophy of Science (forthocoming). -- (with S. Goldstein, R. Tumulka,
- "Many-Worlds and
Schroedinger's First Quantum Theory." The British Journal for
the Philosophy of Science 62
(1), 1--27 (2011) -- (with S. Goldstein, R. Tumulka,
Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics." Foundations of Physics,
10.1007/s10701-008-9259-4 (2008) -- (with N. Zanghi).
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,
completa la descrizione della
realta' fisica fornita dalla meccanica quantistica?"
(transl.: “Is the Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality
Complete?”) Il Protagora Vol. 9, 163-180 (2007) -- (with N. Zanghi).
- "What is
Mechanics." International Journal of Theoretical Physics 43,
1743-1755 (2004) -- (with N. Zanghi).
Steps Toward the
Classical World." Journal of Optics B 4, 482–488
(2002) -- (with D. Duerr, S. Goldstein, N. Zanghi).
- "On the
Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics.'' In: S. Lebihan (ed.),"Precis de la Philosophie de la Physique." Vuibert (2013).
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 (2013).
Does Quantum Mechanics tell us about Time?" In: "Proceedings of the
Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science International
- "La storia del gatto che era
sia vivo che morto''
(transl: ''The Story of the Cat that was both Dead and Alive''). In: E.
Giannini (eds.), "Da Archimede a Majorana: la fisica nel suo
divenire," 273-283. Guaraldi
Quantistiche di Particelle,
Campi e Lampi" (transl.: “Quantum Ontologies of Particles, Fields
and Flashes"). In: V. Fano and M. Antonelli (eds.), "Strutture dello spazio
fisica e psicologia," Teorie e Modelli XII, III, 9-29 (2007) -- (with N.
Book Chapters/ Conferences Proceedings
Distributions and Forward Recoil Range Distributions of the Residues
the Interaction of 12C and 16O ions with 103Rh."
Nuclear Physics A 641, 271–296 (1998) -- (with E. Gadioli,
Interaction of 12C and 16O
with 103Rh." Acta Physica
Hungarica New Series -Heavy Ion Physics 7 (now European Physical
Journal A -
Hadrons & Nuclei), 275-287, (1998) -- (with E. Gadioli,
- "Comprehensive Study of the
Reaction of 12C
with 103Rh up to 33 MeV/nucleon." Physics Letters
B 394, 29–36, (1997) -- (with E. Gadioli, et al.).
- "Spectra of
Alpha Particles Emitted in the Interaction of 12C with 93Nb."
NAC Annual Report (1998). (with M. Cavinato, et al.).
- "Study of
the Interaction of 12C and 16O with 103Rh."
NAC Annual Report (1997) -- (with E. Gadioli, et al.).
- "Observation of the Doppler Broad
of the Gamma Lines of residues Produced in the interaction of 400 MeV
Ions with 63Cu." In: "Proceedings of the International Conference on Nuclear Physics," Berkeley, CA (2001) -- (with E. Gadioli,
- "Low 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 al.).
- "Exitation 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,
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,
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
(with E. Gadioli, et al.).
Conferences and Talks
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