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I am Eugene Chua, a Singaporean philosopher of physics and science. Check out my APA Blog interview here

I completed my undergraduate studies with double first-class honours in philosophy at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, where I was trained in most areas of analytic philosophy.

I then spent some time at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy as a Masters student, before obtaining my PhD at UCSD with my dissertation, "Classical Thermodynamics beyond the Classical Domain" (under the auspices of Craig Callender, Eddy Keming Chen, and Kerry McKenzie).


I will be a postdoc at Caltech for 2023-2024, and then an assistant professor in philosophy at NTU where I will be working with a $1m SGD grant under the Nanyang Assistant Professorship scheme. For what it's worth, my Erdös number is 5.

When I am not doing philosophy, I can be found playing Magic: the Gathering, video games and board games, or skateboarding.​

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My Research Interests At A Glance...

Science is often held as a paradigm of knowledge, and I believe it is a task of philosophy to subject it to the highest scrutiny. In this vein, my primary interests center on the philosophy of science, with particular interests in the history and philosophy of thermodynamics, and philosophy of physics more generally.

I am especially interested in how thermodynamic concepts - such as equilibrium, temperature, pressure, or entropy - get extended past their original domain of applicability, and whether justifications from the original domain are transferrable to these new domains. I have papers on the relationship between von Neumann entropy and thermodynamic entropy ("Does Von Neumann Entropy Correspond to Thermodynamic Entropy?"), information entropy and thermodynamic entropy ("Degeneration and Entropy"), and classical and relativistic temperature ("T Falls Apart: On the Status of Classical Temperature in Relativity").

A work-in-progress, "Putting Pressure under Pressure: On the Status of Classical Pressure in Relativity", examines the relationship between classical and relativistic pressure. With
Craig Callender, I am also currently analyzing the temperature concept within the general relativistic setting due to the Tolman-Ehrenfest effect. On the quantum side of things, with Eddy Keming Chen, I am working out how one promising metaphysical stance -- density matrix realism -- towards quantum thermodynamics might lead us to revise our notions of inter-theoretic relations between statistical and fundamental physics.

Recently, I became interested in studying the justifications behind the use of idealizations in physics, and science more generally. A work in progress ruminates on one idealization commonly used in the context of black hole physics. ("Quasi-Stationarity: The Impossible Process") A follow-up paper on another idealization often used in black hole physics, "Justifying Asymptotic Flatness", is in preparation at the moment. In the medium term, I am also working on a general account of idealization and de-idealization with Western Ontario PhD student Yichen Luo

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