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gabriele 'underscore' contessa 'at' carleton 'dot' ca
'dot' contessa 'at' gmail 'dot' com


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

I currently work in philosophy of science, philosophy of economics, and political philosophy. I am mostly interested in issues of distributive justice, the duties and responsibilities of experts (and especially economists) in democratic societies, the relationship between economics and public policy, the role and limits of the market, and social cooperation. I am currently working on a project on the responsibilities of economists as public experts, which is funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

In a previous philosophical life, I have done work in metaphysics and general philosophy of science. I used to work 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).