Tom Raja Rosenhagen


1428 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


"I am a fifth year graduate student and my main interest lies in trying to figure out the nature of the experiential interface between the world and our thinking. What interests me most in this area is the claim that observation is theory-laden, cognitively penetrable, or, as I like to put it, doxastically variable. While traditionally a topic debated within Philosophy of Science, I think that the claim that experience is doxastically variable is better approached from a perspective informed by both contemporary philosophy of language and contemporary philosophy of perception. One's answer to the question what theory-ladenness of observation amounts will depend on what one takes observation to be, what one's notion of a theory (or one's notion of a background view) is, and how and to what extent one thinks the former is or can be informed by the latter. This is why, in my dissertation, I explore this complex issue drawing both on the more traditional debate on theory-ladenness and on contemporary accounts of experience.

My further philosophical interests concern Pragmatism, Indian Philosophy and, as of recently, Moral Philosophy, particularly Iris Murdoch's notion of love as just attention and Aristotle on Friendship.

Outside philosophy, I care most about my amazing wife and our two beautiful twin girls, have a passion for vegetarian cooking, am interested in languages in general, am rather fond of Indian Classical Music, Ayurveda, Yoga, and Meditation. Time permitting, I enjoy playing the sitar (dilettantishly), the guitar, and the piano."