Professor of Philosophy

Anjan Chakravartty

B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1991
M.A., University of Toronto, 1995
M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 1997
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2001

Areas of Expertise: Philosophy of Science; Metaphysics; Epistemology


  • Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Ancient Skepticism, Voluntarism, and Science, International Journal for the Study of Skepticism (ed.), 2015.
  • Explanation, Inference, Testimony, and Truth: Essays Dedicated to the Memory of Peter Lipton’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (ed.), 2010.
  • A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Selected Recent Articles:

  • ‘What is Scientific Realism?’ (with Bas C. van Fraassen), Spontaneous Generations, 2017.
  • 'On the Prospects of Naturalized Metaphysics', in D. Ross, J. Ladyman, & H. Kincaid (eds.), Scientific Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • 'Scientific Realism and Ontological Relativity', The Monist, 2011.
  • 'Informational versus Functional Theories of Scientific Representation', Synthese, 2009
  • 'What you Don't Know Can't Hurt You: Realism and the Unconceived', Philosophical Studies, 2008.

Office: 301 Malloy