Feraz Azhar

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Feraz Azhar

213 Malloy Hall


Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of Cambridge
Ph.D. (Physics) University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interest

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics

Curriculum Vitae

I work primarily at the intersection of philosophy and science, with a particular focus on issues that arise in physics. Most recently I have worked on questions of probability in primordial cosmology and on philosophical aspects of black hole physics. Prior to my appointment at Notre Dame I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard University. I hold a PhD in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Representative Publications

* Denotes the author list is alphabetical

Flows into de Sitter space from anisotropic initial conditions: An effective field theory approach
Feraz Azhar & David I. Kaiser
Physical Review D 107, 043506, (2023)
Preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/2207.08355

A Bayesian view on the Dr. Evil scenario
Feraz Azhar, Alan H. Guth & Mohammad Hossein Namjoo*
Erkenntnis (2022). Online: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-022-00536-8
Preprint: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/21606

Finely tuned models sacrifice explanatory depth
Feraz Azhar & Abraham Loeb
Foundations of Physics 51, 91, (2021)
Preprint: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/18526/

Effective field theories as a novel probe of fine-tuning of cosmic inflation
Feraz Azhar
Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 71, 87–100, (2020)
Preprint: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/16636/

Gauging fine-tuning
Feraz Azhar & Abraham Loeb
Physical Review D 98, 103018, (2018)
Preprint: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/15036

Flows into inflation: An effective field theory approach
Feraz Azhar & David I. Kaiser
Physical Review D 98, 063515, (2018)
Preprint: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/15158

Scientific realism and primordial cosmology
Feraz Azhar & Jeremy Butterfield
In: The Routledge Handbook on Scientific Realism,  ed. J. Saatsi. London: Routledge, pp. 304–320, (2018)
Extended preprint: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/12192