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gabriele 'underscore' contessa 'at' carleton 'dot' ca
g 'dot' contessa 'at' gmail 'dot' com
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 Sapienza" in 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.
Nov 19, 2015: My book manuscript Models and Maps: An Essay on Epistemic Representation is now available for download here. Please feel free to download it, circulate it, cite it, or use it with proper attribution for any not-commercial purposes.
Aug 11, 2015: 'Dispositions and Tricks' is now forthcoming in Erkenntnis.
Apr 28, 2015: My paper 'It Ain't Easy: Fictionalism, Deflationism, and Easy Arguments in Ontology' has been accepted for publication in Mind.
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