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


About

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

My current work lies mostly at the intersection of metaphysics and philosophy of science. I work primarily on the nature/identity of properties (where I defend the view that the fundamental natural properties are both qualities and powers (see, e.g., my "Only Properties Can Confer Dispositions"), dispositions (where I developed and defended a general, detailed, non-circular, and (hopefully!) counterexample-free version of the Simple Counterfactual Analysis, which I call the Interference-Free Counterfactual Analysis (see my "Dispositions and Interferences")), modality (where I am working on a global form of dispositionalism about modality, which I call Lockean Supervenience), composition (where I defended a view that I call non-eliminative nihilism (see my "One's A Crowd: Mereological Nihilism Without Ordinary-Object Eliminativism")), and fictionalism about abstract objects. I've also worked on scientific representation and the scientific realism debate.

I am also interested in a number of issues in political philosophy, philosophy of economics, and their intersections.

I did my graduate studies at the LSE in London (under the supervision of Nancy Cartwright for my PhD and Orly Shenker for my MSc) 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 (but I was born in the beautiful Umbrian town of Spoleto)

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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) (98 citations)
  2. Scientific Models and Fictional Objects (Synthese, 2010) (65 citations)
  3. Scientific Models and Representation (The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science, 2011) (26 citations)
  4. Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism (Synthese, 2010) (24 citations)
  5. One's a Crowd: Mereological Nihilism without Ordinary-Object Eliminativism (Analytic Philosophy, 2014) (14 citations)
  6. Dispositions and Interferences (Philosophical Studies, 2013) (14 citations)
  7. Scientific Models, Partial Structures, and the New Received View of Scientific Theories (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2006)(13 citations)
  8. Constructive Empiricism, Observability and Three Kinds of Ontological Commitment (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2006) (13 citations)
  9. The Junk Argument: Safe Disposal Guidelines for Mereological Universalists (Analysis, 2012) (7 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