Philosopher Muhammad Ali Khalidi Appointed to The Graduate Center Faculty

Muhammad Ali Khalidi (Photo courtesy of Khalidi)

The Graduate Center, CUNY has appointed Muhammad Ali Khalidi as a presidential professor. A specialist in philosophy of science, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and medieval Islamic philosophy, Khalidi comes to The Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Philosophy from York University in Toronto, Canada. He will begin teaching this fall. 

“The Graduate Center philosophy program searched for a while to find a leading scholar in the philosophy of science, and we're delighted to welcome Muhammad Ali Khalidi to our faculty,” said Professor Nickolas Pappas (GC/City College, Philosophy), executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Philosophy. “As a scholar, he brings an important new approach to some traditional questions in the philosophy of science, such as the question of ‘natural kinds.’ When we sort objects into groups (moths, diamonds, planets), what exactly are these groups, and what role do they play in scientific practice? Along with his scholarly expertise, he brings long experience as a successful teacher and dissertation supervisor. So there are several reasons why we're excited to have him join us.”

Khalidi is the author of Natural Categories and Human Kinds: Classification in the Natural and Social Sciences and the editor and translator of Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings. His articles, reviews, and commentaries have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Philosophical Psychology, and The Nation

At York University, he served as chair of the Department of Philosophy and coordinator of the cognitive science program. Prior to that, he taught in and chaired the Department of Philosophy at American University of Beirut, where he was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award. He also taught at Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, and University of Nevada. 

He received his undergraduate degree in physics from the American University of Beirut and completed his master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy with distinction at Columbia University where he received a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship. He has been awarded numerous research and teaching development grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Submitted on: JUL 14, 2020

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