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Husain Sarkar

Husain Sarkar

Professor

Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, 1976

Phone: (225) 578-2277
Email: husains@lsu.edu 
Office: 113 Coates

Biography

Husain Sarkar received his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Minnesota in 1976 and in the same year joined the philosophy faculty at LSU. He served as Director of Graduate Studies from 1985 to 1988 and again from 1996 to 1997.

 

Areas of Interest

Professor Sarkar is interested in moral philosophy, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science.

Courses Offered:

  • PHIL 4972 Kant’s Moral Philosophy
  • PHIL 4951 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 4943 Problems in Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 4942 Topics in Meta-Ethics
  • PHIL 4931 Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz
  • PHIL 3052 Moral Philosophy

 

Awards and Honors

  • Manship Summer 2011 Research Fellowship, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • LSU Rainmaker’s Award, 2008
  • ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) research grant, 2006-2007
  • Tiger Athletic Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006
  • Award for directing Frank Worrell’s B.A. Honors Thesis, designated the best 2004-2005 Undergraduate Honors Thesis in the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • LSU Distinguished Faculty Research Award, 2001

 

Selected Publications

Books

  • Group Rationality in Scientific Research. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xv+284
  • Descartes’ Cogito: Saved From the Great Shipwreck. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xviii+305
  • The Toils of Understanding:  An Essay on “The Present Age”. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2000. x+187
  • A Theory of Method. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983. xvii+229

Articles

  • “Annas: Virtuous Person, Relativism, and the Circularity Objection,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 54(2) (June 2015): 285-311.
  • “Annas: The Just Soul, the Community, and the Circularity Objection,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 54(1) (March 2015): 159-184.
  • “Kant: Let Us Compare.” The Review of Metaphysics 58 (June 2005): 755-83.
  • “Empirical Equivalence and Underdetermination.” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14/2 (July 2000): 187-97.
  • “Know Thyself: A Theory of Understanding. Part Two.” Cogito 13/2 (August 1999): 133-38.
  • “Kierkegaard: Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” The Southern Journal of Philosophy 37/2 (1999): 253-79.
  • “Anti-Realism Against Methodology.” Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science 116/3 (1998): 379-402.
  • “Know Thyself: A Theory of Understanding. Part One.” Cogito 12/3 (Nov 1998): 199-204.
  • “Scientific Realism and the Neutrality of Method.” The Modern Schoolman: A Quarterly Journal of Philosophy 75/1 (Nov 1997): 65-
  • “The Task of Group Rationality: The Subjectivist’s View. Part II.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 28/3 (Sep 1997): 497-520.
  • “The Task of Group Rationality: The Subjectivist’s View. Part I.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 28/2 (June 1997): 267-88.
  • “Something, Nothing, and Explanation.” Southwest Philosophy Review 9/1 (Jan 1993): 151-61.
  • “In Defense of Truth.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 14/1 (Mar 1983): 67-69.
  • “A Theory of Group Rationality.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 13/1 (Mar 1982): 55-72.
  • “Origins and Identities.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 60/2 (June 1982): 140-151.
  • “The Lockean Proviso.” The Canadian Journal of Philosophy 12/1 (Mar 1982): 47-59.
  • “Popper’s Third Requirement for the Growth of Knowledge.” The Southern Journal of Philosophy 19/4 (Dec 1981): 489-97.
  • “Truth, Problem-solving and Methodology.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 12/1 (Mar 1981): 61-73.
  • “Methodological Appraisals, Advice, and Historiographical Models.” Erkenntnis 15/3 (Sep 1980): 371-90.
  • “Imre Lakatos’s Meta-Methodology: An Appraisal.” Philosophy of The Social Sciences 10/4 (Dec 1980): 397-416.
  • “Putnam’s Schemata.” The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 10/1 (Mar 1979): 125-37.
  • “Popper’s Principle of Transference: A Conjecture Refuted.” The Southern Journal of Philosophy 16/4 (Dec 1978): 363-71.
  • “Against Against Method; or, Consolations for the Rationalist.” The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 9/1 (Mar 1978): 35-44.
  • “Musgrave’s ‘Appraisals and Advice.’” Philosophy of Science 45/3 (Sep 1978): 478-83.

Reviews

  • Invited review of Jarrett Leplin, A Novel Defense of Scientific Realism. In The Journal of Philosophy 95/4 (Apr 1998): 204-209.