Gabriele Contessa Carleton University
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My current work lies mostly at the intersection of metaphysics and philosophy of science. I work primarily on the nature/identity of properties (where I defend the view that the fundamental natural properties are both qualities and powers (see, e.g., my "Only Properties Can Confer Dispositions" below), dispositions (where I developed and defended a general, detailed and non-circular version of the Simple Counterfactual Analysis, which I call the Interference-Free Counterfactual Analysis (see my "Dispositions and Interferences" below)), modality (where I am working on a global form of dispositionalism about modality, which I call Lockean Supervenience), composition (where I defended a view that I call non-eliminative nihilism (see my "One's A Crowd: Mereological Nihilism Without Ordinary-Object Eliminativism" below)), and fictionalism about abstract objects. In the past I have done work on scientific representation and the scientific realism debate. I am currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I founded, administer, and contribute to Matters of Substance: A Group Blog Devoted to Metaphysics and It's Only A Theory: A Group Blog Devoted to Metaphysics.