Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Epistemology
  • 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:///

Courses Taught


  • A Course in Philosophical Logic (PHIL: 400)
  • Philosophy of Science (Phil 378)
  • Approaches to Epistemology (PHIL: 342)
  • What is Life and Other Allied Questions ( LS: 301)
  • On the Notion of Rationality (PHIL: 400)
  • Contemporary Philosophy (PHIL: 364)
  • Language and the World (PHIL: 368)
  • History of Modern Western Philosophy (PHIL: 306)
  • How to Test a Theory? (PHIL: 400)
  • Theory & Evidence (PHIL: 400)


  • Problems of Good & Evil (PHIL: 105)
  • Philosophy of India/Asia (PHIL: 220) Science, Pseudo-Science, and Subjectivity (CIS 225 Contemporary Issues in Science)
  • University of Rochester (1992 - 1993)
  • Summer instructor twice for "Contemporary Moral Problems" (Undergraduate course)
  • Instructor for "Uncertain Inference"(Graduate course)