Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Prasanta Bandyopadhyay, Philosophy Professor

Jeff Stephenson

Current Semester

Spring 2014 Courses: currently on sabbatical

Advising: Philosophy

Office Hours: by appointment only

Office: Wilson 2-148



Phone: (406) 994-5212

Curriculum Vitae: Click Here

Courses Taught: Click Here

Research Interests

Philosophy of Science


Indian Philosophy


PhD, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1995
M.A., Philosophy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1990
M.Phil., Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, 1987

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations


MSU Astrobiology Center NASA Grant, (2007-2012)

MSU Research Support from the Provost’s Office (2007)

MSU Support from the Dean’s Office (2007-08)

MSU Research & Creativity (2007-08)

MSU Scholarships & Creativity (2006-07)

MSU Research & Creativity (2006-07)

MSU Career Enhancement Award (2003, 2004, 2005 (twice), 2007)

MSU Scholarship & Creativity Grant for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, (2004-2005)

MSU Scholarship & Creativity Grant for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, (2003-2004)

MSU College of Letters & Science Research and Creativity Grant (2003-2004)


American Philosophical Association

Philosophy of Science Association

NASA Astrobiology Research Institute

International Society for Bayesian Analysis

Society for the Exact Philosophy

Select Publications


Prasanta Bandyopadhyay, Philosophy. Philosophy of Statistics. Co-edited with M. R. Forster. Elsevier, 2011. A collection of 48 essays on the philosophical issues related to theoretical and applied aspects of statistics.

Referred Publication (Forthcoming/Accepted)

“The Logic of Simpson’s Paradox”. Synthese (With Nelson, Greenwood, Brittan, and Berwald.)

“Two Dogmas of Strong Objective Bayesianism.” In International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 2010, March. (With Gordon Brittan)

Referred Publications

“Why Bayesianism: A Primer on a Probabilistic Philosophy of Science.” In Bayesian Statistics and its Applications. (eds.) D. Dey and S.K. Upadhyay, Amaya Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp.42-62, 2007

"Acceptance, Severity and Evidence." With Gordon Brittan, Synthese, 2006, pp.1-36.

“Types of Coherence and Coherence among Types.” In Computational Models of Scientific Reasoning and Applications (CMSRA-IV), (eds.) L. Moniz Pereira and Gregory Wheeler. Lisbon, 2005, pp.1-15.

“Theory and Evidence: Comments on Maurer” In The Nature of Scientific Evidence. (eds.) M.L. Taper and S. Lele. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004; pp. 32-39

Referred Long Abstracts (Web-Published)

"Astrobiology as an Emerging Science: What does it Tell Philosophers" Ab-SciCon-2010 (http:///

"Why Bayesianism: A Primer on a Probabilistic Philosophy of Science" Atlas: International Workshop/Conference on Bayesian Statistics & its Applications 2004. (http:///