Département de philosophie

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Scientific Collaborator

 PhD in Philosophy (University of Lausanne), MSc in Physics (EPFL).


Research and teaching

Specialization: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of science.

Competence: Metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, logic.



Peer-reviewed journal articles

(2017) Lam, V. Structuralism in the philosophy of physics. Philosophy Compass 12: e12421.

(2017) Egg, M., Lam, V. and Oldofredi, A. Particles, Cutoffs and Inequivalent Representations. Foundations of Physics 47: 453-466.

(2017) Esfeld, M., Lazarovici, D., Lam, V. and Hubert, M. The Physics and Metaphysics of Primitive Stuff. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 68: 133-161.

(2015) Lam, V. Primitive ontology and quantum field theory. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 5: 387-397.

(2015) Lam, V. and Wüthrich, C. No categorial support for radical ontic structural realism. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66: 605-634.

(2014) Lam, V. Entities without intrinsic physical identity. Erkenntnis 79 : 1157-1171. 

(2013) Lam, V. The entanglement structure of quantum field systems. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 27: 59-72.

(2013) Lam, V. and Esfeld, M. A dilemma for the emergence of spacetime in canonical quantum gravity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44: 286-293.

(2012) Lam, V. and Esfeld, M. The structural metaphysics of quantum theory and general relativity. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43: 243-258.

(2012) Lam, V. Gravitational and non-gravitational energy : the need for background structures. Philosophy of Science 78: 1012-1023.

(2008) Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Moderate structural realism about space-time. Synthese 160: 27-46.

(2007) Lam, V. The singular nature of space-time. Philosophy of Science 74: 712-723.

(2005) Lam, V. Causation and Space-time. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 27: 483-499.


Articles in edited volumes

(2015) Lam, V. Quantum structure and spacetime. In T. Bigaj and C. Wüthrich (eds.), Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics. New York: Rodopi, 209-228. 

(2014) Lam, V. Protective measurements and the status of the wave function within the primitive ontology approach. In S. Gao (ed.), Protective Measurement and Quantum Reality : Toward a New Understanding of Quantum Mechanics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 195-210.

(2013) Lam, V. Aspects structuraux de l’espace-temps dans la théorie de la relativité générale. In S. Le Bihan (ed.), Précis de Philosophie de la Physique. Paris: Vuibert, 204-221. 

(2011) Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Ontic structural realism as a metaphysics of objects. In P. Bokulich and A. Bokulich (eds.), Scientific Structuralism. Dordrecht: Springer, 143-159.

(2010) Lam, V. Metaphysics of causation and physics of general relativity. In C. Calosi (ed.), Physics and Metaphysics. Pisa: Edizioni ETS, 61-80. 

(2010) Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Holism and structural realism. In R. Vanderbeeken and B. D’Hooghe (eds.), Worldviews, science and us: Studies of analytical metaphysics. A selection of topics from a methodological perspective. Singapore: World Scientific, 10–31. 

(2009) Lam, V. Métaphysique de la causalité et physique de la relativité générale. Klesis 13, 106-122.

(2009) Esfeld, M. and Lam, V. Structures as the objects of fundamental physics. In U. Feest and H.-J. Rheinberger (eds.), Epistemic Objects.Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 374: 3-16.

(2008) Lam, V. Structural aspects of the singular feature of space-time. In D. Dieks (ed.), Ontology of Spacetime. Philosophy and Foundations of Physics Series. Vol. 2.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 111-131.

(2006) Lam, V. Is a world only made up of relations possible ? A structural realist point of view. In M. Esfeld (ed.), John Heil. Symposium on his ontological point of view. Frankfurt: Ontos, 111-120. 


Book reviews

(2015) Lam, V. Review of ‘Discrete or Continuous? The Quest for Fundamental Length in Modern Physics’ by Amit Hagar (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. 

(2012) Lam, V. Review of ‘From Current Algebra to Quantum Chromodynamics’ by Tian Yu Cao (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010). Philosophy in Review 32: 447-449. 

(2012) Lam, V. Review of ‘Geometric Possibility’ by Gordon Belot (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011). International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26: 227-230.