Kalewold H. Kalewold


I am a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. My primary research projects are in philosophy of science (especially biology), philosophy of race, and political philosophy. In addition, I am pursuing research in bioethics and philosophy of economics. In my projects, I often draw on the theoretical and experimental tools of biology to illuminate broader issues in philosophy of race and social and political philosophy.

In my dissertation project, I develop the philosophical foundations of the new mechanist approach to explanation. My research draws on the life sciences, especially molecular biology, evolutionary theory, and neuroscience, to illustrate my philosophical theses.

In philosophy of race, I have research interests at the intersection of race, biomedicine, and political economy. Specifically, I am interested in the ways the social and political exposome racialized groups are subject to shape their biomedical outcomes.

In political philosophy, my main projects are in developing a scientifically-informed account of rationality for use in contractarianism and in developing a novel account of domination.


You can e-mail me at kkale001@terpmail.umd.edu and you can find me on philpeople.


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