University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student

Elay Shech


I am a philosopher specializing in philosophy of science and philosophy of physics. However, my research interests are broad and center on a wide range of areas in philosophy including history of philosophy (ancient and modern), philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and ethics. My dissertation concerns the philosophical underpinnings of representation and idealization in science. Special attention is given to so-called "essential" or "uncontrolled" idealizations, and their relation to issues arising in the mathematical platonism, scientific realism, and scientific representation debates. For some recent publications see:

2014 “Scientific Misrepresentation and Guides to Ontology: The Need for Representational Code and Contents” Forthcoming in Synthese. doi: 10.1007/s11229-014-0506-2.

2014 “Review of Chunglin Kwa’s, Styles of Knowing: A New History of Science from Ancient Times to the Present (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011),” History of Philosophy of Science, Spring 2014 issue (vol. 4, number 1). doi: 10.1086/675384.

2014 “Groups Can Engage at Different Levels.” Teaching Times, http://www.teachingkb.cidde.pitt.edu/teaching-times/groups-can-engage-students-at-different-levels/.

2013 “What is the ‘Paradox of Phase Transitions?’” Philosophy of Science, 80 (December 2013): 1170–1181. doi: 0031-8248/2013/8005-0040.

2013 “On Gases in Boxes: A Reply to Davey on the Justification of the Probability Measure in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics.” Philosophy of Science, 80 (October 2013): 1-13. doi: 0031-8248/2013/8004-0001.

In my free time I enjoy cooking (authentic and traditional cuisines from around the world), reading literature (my current favorites includes Victorian novels, as well as science fiction and fantasy), and playing music (Rock, Bluegrass, Folk). I like to take long walks in the Western Pennsylvanian fall.