Anjan Chakravartty

Anjan Chakravartty


Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone:  (574) 631-7120 


Ph.D. University of Cambridge (2001); MPhil (1997)
B.Sc. University of Toronto (1991); MA (1995)

Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Epistemology 


Recent Articles:

  • ‘Realism in the Desert and in the Jungle: Reply to French, Ghins, and Psillos’, Erkenntnis (forthcoming).

  • ‘On the Prospects of Naturalized Metaphysics’, in D. Ross, J. Ladyman, & H. Kincaid (eds.), Scientific Metaphysics, Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

  • ‘Ontological Priority: The Conceptual Basis of Non-Eliminative, Ontic Structural Realism’, in E. Landry & D. Rickles (eds.) (forthcoming), Structure, Object, and Causality, Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, Springer.

  • ‘Scientific Realism and Ontological Relativity’, The Monist (2011) 94: 157-180.

  • ‘Scientific Realism’, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2011).

  • A Puzzle about Voluntarism about Rational Epistemic Stances’, Synthese (2011) 178: 37-48.
  • ‘Perspectivism, Inconsistent Models, and Contrastive Explanation’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (2010) 41: 405-412 (A4 column format).

  • ‘Truth and Representation in Science: Two Inspirations from Art’, in R. Frigg & M. Hunter (eds.) Beyond Mimesis and Convention: Representation in Art and Science, pp. 33-50 (2010), Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Springer.

  • ‘Metaphysics Between the Sciences and Philosophies of Science’, in P. D. Magnus & J. Busch (eds.) New Waves in Philosophy of Science, pp. 59-77 (2010), Palgrave Macmillan.

  • ‘Informational versus Functional Theories of Scientific Representation’,Synthese (2009) 72: 197-213.

  • ‘What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You: Realism and the Unconceived’, Philosophical Studies (2008) 137: 149-158.

  • ‘Six Degrees of Speculation: Metaphysics in Empirical Contexts’, in B. Monton (ed.) Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply from Bas C. van Fraassen, pp. 183-208 (2007), Oxford University Press.

Books and Collections:

  • A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable (2007), Cambridge University Press.
  • ‘Explanation, Inference, Testimony, and Truth: Essays Dedicated to the Memory of Peter Lipton’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (ed.) (2010).

Online Papers:  See personal webpage