Dr Vincent Lam

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Research Interests

  • Foundational issues in general relativity and quantum theory
  • Philosophy of space and time
  • Philosophy of physics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Logic
  • Causation


  • PhD in Philosophy, University of Lausanne
  • Master in Physics, University of Lausanne


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Book Chapter

  • Lam, Vincent (2015). Quantum structure and spacetime. In Tomasz Bigaj and Christian Wüthrich (Ed.), Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics (pp. 81-99) New York, NY, United States: Brill - Rodopi. doi:10.1163/9789004310827_005

  • Lam, Vincent (2014). Protective measurement and the nature of the wave function within the primitive ontology approach. In Shan Gao (Ed.), Protective measurement and quantum reality: towards a new understanding of quantum mechanics (pp. 195-210) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Lam, Vincent (2013). Aspects structuraux de l'espace-temps dans la theorie de la relativite generale. In Soazig Le Bihan (Ed.), Précis de Philosophie de la Physique (pp. 204-221) Paris, France: Vuibert.

  • Esfeld, Michael and Lam, Vincent (2011). Ontic stuctural realism as a metaphysics of objects. In Peter Bokulich and Alisa Bokulich (Ed.), Scientific structuralism (pp. 143-159) Dordrecht, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9597-8

  • Esfeld, Michael and Lam, Vincent (2010). Holism and structural realism. In Robrecht Vanderbeeken and Bart D’Hooghe (Ed.), Worldviews, science and us: Studies of analytical metaphysics. A selection of topics from a methodological perspective (pp. 10-31) Hackensack, NJ, U.S.A.: World Scientific Publishing.

  • Esfeld, Michael and Lam, Vincent (2009). Structures as the objects of fundamental physics. In Uljana Feest, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger and Günter Abel (Ed.), Epistemic objects : [research colloquium: "Epistemic objects", May 16 - 17th 2008, Technische Universität Berlin] (pp. 3-16) Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

  • Lam, Vincent (2008). Structural aspects of the singular feature of space-time. In Dennis Geert Bernardus and Johan Dieks (Ed.), The ontology of spacetime II (pp. 111-131) Amsterdam: Elsevier.

  • Lam, Vincent (2006). Is a world only made up of relations possible? A structural realist point of view. In John Heil and Michael Esfeld (Ed.), John Heil symposium on his ontological point of view (pp. 111-120) Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Lam, Vincent (2011). Gravitational and nongravitational energy: The need for background structures. In: Stephen M. Downes, Selected Contributed Papers from the 2010 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (22nd, PSA, 2010), Montréal, QC, Canada, (1012-1024). 4-6 November 2010. doi:10.1086/662260

  • Lam, Vincent (2007). The singular nature of spacetime. In: Cristina Bicchieri and Jason Alexander, Proceedings of the 2006 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. Part I: Contributed Papers. PSA 2006: Philosophy of Science Association Twentieth Biennial Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (712-723). 2-4 November 2006. doi:10.1086/525616

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