About

I am a research fellow at University of Delhi (India) and my current doctoral research pertains to metaphysical evaluation of Ontic Structural Realism. During my previous research period (MPhil), I have explored the emergence of mind from the brain, through complex systems approach.

My engagement with structural realism began with the inclination to build a metaphysical proof for emergence, within the context of emergence-panpsychism debate in philosophy of mind. A survey of debate on emergence and panpsychism indicated that there is a lack of metaphysical framework which demonstrated the possibility of emergence. This led me to wondering: "In what kind of world does emergence make sense?". One of the strong candidates for a metaphysical picture of our world where emergence can make sense is structural realism. The most recent development within the debates on structural realism is the position of Ontic Structural Realism. My doctoral thesis engages with this position, examining objections and possible rejoinders.

Adjoining this investigation is the exploration of metaphysics of structures, relations and interactions. One of the most recent attempts to understand the formation of structures and their development is metaphysical paradigm of combogenesis and metapatterns (founded by Tyler Volk). I am currently in process of reading and researching this framework, in order to understand the ways in which interactions are ontologically powerful in constituting relations and structures.

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