Amogha Sahu

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Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
1st Year Ph.D. Student (Pre-dissertation phase)

My systematic interests are mainly in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. These are mainly in three areas. Firstly, I am interested in how beings with the power to represent the world can emerge from non-representational physical processes. This interest mainly involves what I take to be the basic case of such representation: perceptual experience and perceptual demonstrative thought. I am also interested in questions of perceptual epistemology and the phenomenal character of perception.

Secondly, I am interested in the nature of conceptual thought. I am struck by the idea that the basic vehicles of conceptual thought are best understood as certain kinds of practices: namely, practices which involve deference to certain kinds of rational norms (inference, reference, truth etc.). I am interested in making this kind of thought  and articulating it plausibly so as to answer puzzling questions about what concepts are and how we can know about them in making it consistent with understandings of concepts present in the cognitive sciences.
Like many in this literature, I take questions about conceptual thought to have interesting metaphilosophical implications (given the most popular account of philosophical methodology has philosophy as engaged in the analysis of concepts). I am interested in exploring these implications further.
Finally, I am interested in thinking about the most general ways in which we can think about what there is. These kinds of representations are generally thought of as metaphysical theories. Thinking about these kinds of representations also involves thinking about questions about the relationship between notions of fundamentality, grounding and explanation, questions about how the concepts used in these representations (form, matter, necessity, possibility etc.) can refer (if they do at all).
My historical interests are mainly in figures whose work I take to have important contributions to the systematic questions I'm interested in. These are Kant and certain kinds of Post-Kantian thinkers, mainly Heidegger, Hegel, Frege and Wittgenstein.
Before coming to Columbia, I completed an Honors BA in Philosophy at the University of Toronto (in 2018).