Charles T. (Chip) Sebens

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Chip Sebens headshot
Mail Code: MC 101-40
Office: 301 E Dabney
Phone: 626-395-1218
Email: csebens@​
Administrative Assistant:
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009, M.St., University of Oxford, 2010, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2015. Caltech, 2018-.

Research Interests

Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Physics and Classical Field Theories


Origins and Foundations of Science; Scientific Philosophy


HPS/Pl 123. Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics. 9 units (3-0-6): first term. This course will examine the philosophical foundations of the physical theories covered in the freshman physics sequence: classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and special relativity. Topics may include: the goals of physics; what laws of nature are; the unification of physical theories; symmetries; determinism; locality; the reality of fields; the arrow of time.

Selected Publications

2018 Forces on Fields, Charles T. Sebens, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 63, pp. 1-11

2018 Self-Locating Uncertainty and the Origin of Probability in Everettian Quantum Mechanics, Charles T. Sebens and Sean M. Carroll, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 69(1), pp. 25-74

2016 Constructing and Constraining Wave Functions for Identical Quantum Particles, Charles T. Sebens, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 56, pp. 48-59

2015 Killer Collapse: Empirically Probing the Philosophically Unsatisfactory Region of GRW, Charles T. Sebens, Synthese 192(8), pp. 2599-2615

2015 Quantum Mechanics as Classical Physics, Charles T. Sebens, Philosophy of Science 82, pp. 266-291

2014 Many Worlds, the Born Rule, and Self-locating Uncertainty, Sean M. Carroll and Charles T. Sebens, in Struppa, D. and Tollaksen, J. (eds), Quantum Theory: A Two-Time Success Story, Yakir Aharonov Festschrift, pp. 157-169