Sahana Rajan

O P Jindal Global University
  • Last Chance Saloons for Natural Kind Realism
    American Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1): 63-81. 2023.
    Traditionally, accounts of natural kinds have run the gamut from strongly conventionalist to strongly realist views. Recently, however, there has been a significant shift toward more conventionalist-sounding positions, even (perhaps especially) among philosophers interested in scientific classification. The impetus for this is a trend toward making anthropocentric features of categories, namely, capacities to facilitate human epistemic (and other) interests via inductive inference, central to an…Read more
  • Each Thing Is Fundamental: Against Hylomorphism and Hierarchical Structure
    American Philosophical Quarterly 56 (3): 289-301. 2019.
    Each thing is fundamental. Not only is no thing any more or less real than any other, but no thing is prior to another in any robust ontological sense. Thus, no thing can explain the very existence of another, nor account for how another is what it is. I reach this surprising conclusion by undermining two important positions in contemporary metaphysics: hylomorphism and hierarchical views employing so-called building relations, such as grounding. The paper has three main parts. First, I observe …Read more