Kareem Khalifa

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Middlebury College


Focus of Dissertation and Advisor

My dissertation, “The Social Context of Scientific Explanation,” developed a pragmatic account of explanation that offered solutions to various problems facing previous accounts of explanation in the philosophy of science and epistemology. Mark Risjord was my advisor. We also played and composed a lot of jazz tunes with our combo, The Unexplained Explainers.

Current Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Science, Science and Society, Theory of Knowledge, Logic

Current Research Interests

In the philosophy of science, I study the role of explanation in causation, inference, and scientific realism, with a semi-historical and sociological perspective. In epistemology, I am developing a theory of justification that combines explanatory coherence with contextualism, naturalism, and social epistemology.