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gabriele 'underscore' contessa 'at' carleton 'dot' ca
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About

I am an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Carleton University.

My current research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of economics, political philosophy, and philosophy of science. I am mostly interested in the nature and scope of economic expertise, as well as issues about how economics shapes public policy and the role of the market.

Previously, I have done work in metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of physics. I worked primarily on scientific representation, the nature/identity of properties, dispositions, modality, composition, and fictionalism about abstract objects, and the scientific realism debate.

I did my graduate studies at the London School of Economics (where Nancy Cartwright was my PhD supervisor and Orly Shenker my MSc advisor) and did my undergraduate degree  at "La Sapienzain Rome (under the supervision of Mauro Dorato). 

I founded, administer, and contribute to Matters of Substance: A Group Blog Devoted to Metaphysics and It's Only A Theory: A Group Blog Devoted to General Philosophy of Science

I am the PhilPapers editor for Properties and Dispositions and Powers.

When not in Ottawa, I am usually in Toronto, where I live with my wife and our three wonderful kidsI grew up in Rome.

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My Most Downloaded Works on PhilPapers

  1. Scientific Models and Representation (The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science, 2011) (641 downloads)
  2. Scientific Representation, Interpretation, and Surrogative Reasoning (Philosophy of Science, 2007) (460 downloads)
  3. Dispositions and Interferences (Philosophical Studies, 2013) (378 downloads)
  4. Representing Reality: The Ontology of Scientific Models and their Representational Function (PhD thesis, 2007) (372 downloads)
  5. Scientific Models and Fictional Objects (Synthese, 2010) (318 downloads)
  6. Does Your Metaphysics Need Structure? (Analysis, 2012) (315 downloads)
  7. One's a Crowd: Mereological Nihilism without Ordinary-Object Eliminativism (Analytic Philosophy, 2014) (287 downloads)
  8. Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism (Synthese, 2010) (280 downloads)
  9. The Junk Argument: Safe Disposal Guidelines for Mereological Universalists (Analysis, 2012) (243 downloads)
  10. Models and Maps: An Essay on Epistemic Representation (free e-book, 2013) (234 downloads)
My Most Cited Works (According to Google Scholar)
  1. Scientific Representation, Interpretation, and Surrogative Reasoning (Philosophy of Science, 2007) (111 citations)
  2. Scientific Models and Fictional Objects (Synthese, 2010) (68 citations)
  3. Scientific Models and Representation (The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science, 2011) (28 citations)
  4. Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism (Synthese, 2010) (24 citations)
  5. Scientific Models, Partial Structures, and the New Received View of Scientific Theories (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2006)(17 citations)
  6. One's a Crowd: Mereological Nihilism without Ordinary-Object Eliminativism (Analytic Philosophy, 2014) (15 citations)
  7. Dispositions and Interferences (Philosophical Studies, 2013) (15 citations)
  8. Constructive Empiricism, Observability and Three Kinds of Ontological Commitment (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2006) (14 citations)
  9. The Junk Argument: Safe Disposal Guidelines for Mereological Universalists (Analysis, 2012) (8 citations)
  10. Who is Afraid of Imaginary Objects?’ (Russell vs Meinong: The Legacy of ‘On Denoting’, 2008) (7 citations)
Entries on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Citing My Work