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Muhammad Ali Khalidi
Position: Presidential Professor of Philosophy
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Columbia University

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Classical Arab-Islamic Philosophy 

Representative Publications

Natural Categories and Human Kinds: Classification in the Natural and Social Sciences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (paperback edition 2015)


Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Editor and Translator), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005


“Etiological Kinds,” Philosophy of Science, in press


“Natural Kinds as Nodes in Causal Networks,” Synthese 195 (2018), 1379-1396


“Crosscutting Psycho-Neural Taxonomies: The Case of Episodic Memory,” Philosophical Explorations 20 (2017), 191-208


“Mind-Dependent Kinds,” Journal of Social Ontology 2 (2016), 223-246


“Innateness as a Natural Cognitive Kind,” Philosophical Psychology 29 (2016), 319-333


“Three Kinds of Social Kinds,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90 (2015), 96-112