Allison Aitken

Allison Aitken

Research Interest

Allison Aitken

Assistant Professor | Columbia University

A.B., Harvard College (2013)

Ph.D., Harvard University (2020)

Allison Aitken joined the department in 2021. Her research centers on non-standard theories of relations and dependence structures in the history of metaphysics, both South Asian as well as early modern European. She is currently working on two projects: the first is a defense of the Madhyamaka Buddhist ontological dependence structure understood as a kind of metaphysical indefinitism; the second is an interpretation of the Lockean person as a relation. Before coming to Columbia, Professor Aitken was a Bersoff Faculty Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at New York University.

Selected Publications

Introduction to Reality: Śrīgupta’s Tattvāvatāravṛtti, Harvard Oriental Series, Harvard University Press, forthcoming.

“No Unity, No Problem: Madhyamaka Metaphysical Indefinitism,” Philosophers’ Imprint 21, no. 31 (2021): 1-24.

“The Truth about Śrīgupta’s Two Truths: Longchen Rabjampa’s ‘Lower Svātantrikas’ and the Making of a New Philosophical School,” Journal of South Asian Intellectual History 3, no. 2 (2021): 185–225.

“Somethings and Nothings: Śrīgupta and Leibniz on Being and Unity,” Philosophy East and West 70, no. 4 (2020): 1022-1046. (with Jeffrey K. McDonough).

“Śāntarakṣita: Climbing the Ladder to Ultimate Truth,” in Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy, Routledge, forthcoming.