Anjan Chakravartty

Professor of Philosophy

Anjan Chakravartty

301 Malloy Hall


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

Research Interest

Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Epistemology


Anjan studied biophysics and philosophy at the University of Toronto before graduate work in philosophy and history of science at the University of Cambridge. After returning to work in the Philosophy Department in Toronto, and serving as the Director of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology there, he joined the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame in 2011, where is now the Director of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and a faculty member of the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science. He works in a number of areas of the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and epistemology.

Representative Publications

Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2017.

‘What is Scientific Realism?’ (with Bas C. van Fraassen), Spontaneous Generations, 2017.

Ancient Skepticism, Voluntarism, and Science, International Journal for the Study of Skepticism (ed.), 2015.

'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.​​​​​​​

Explanation, Inference, Testimony, and Truth: Essays Dedicated to the Memory of Peter Lipton’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (ed.), 2010.

'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.​​​​​​​
A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

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