Chakravartty, Anjan - Philosophy

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Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, U of T
University Affiliation: 
University of Toronto
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Area of Research
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General philosophy of science, including: scientific realism, antirealism, and empiricism; structural realism and the metaphysics of science; models and scientific representation
PHD Program: 
History and Philosophy of Science
PHD University: 
Cambridge University
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Major Publications: 
A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable (2007, paperback 2009), Cambridge University Press. ‘Truth and Representation in Science: Two Inspirations from Art’, in R. Frigg & M. Hunter (eds.), Beyond Mimesis and Conventionalism: Representation in Art and Science (forthcoming), Springer. ‘Metaphysics Between the Sciences and Philosophies of Science’, in J. Busch & P. D. Magnus (eds.) (forthcoming), New Waves in the Philosophy of Science, Palgrave MacMillan. ‘Informational versus Functional Theories of Scientific Representation’, Synthese (2009). ‘A Puzzle about Voluntarism about Rational Epistemic Stances, Synthese (2009). ‘What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You: Realism and the Unconceived’, Philosophical Studies 137 (2008): 149-158. 'Inessential Aristotle: Powers without Essences', in R. Groff (ed.) Revitalizing Causality: Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science (2008), Routledge. 'Six Degrees of Speculation: Metaphysics in Empirical Contexts', B. Monton (ed.) Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply from Bas C. van Fraassen (2007), Oxford University Press.
Membership in Academic Societies: 
Of note: Director of the IHPST 2009-present
Courses Taught: 
Graduate: HPS 1102H Laws of Nature HPS 1104H Models, Truth, and Representation HPS 5010H Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Science JPH 2192H Philosophy of Science