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Anna Alexandrova

Reader in Philosophy of Science

Before coming to Cambridge Anna Alexandrova taught at the University of Missouri St Louis, Washington University in St Louis, and received her PhD in Philosophy and Science Studies at the University of California San Diego. She is a fellow of Kings College where she directs studies in History and Philosophy of Science. In 2015-2018 she co-directed, along with Stephen John, the Limits of the Numerical project at CRASSH. Since 2017 she is a Programme Director in Philosophy and Ethics of AI at the Leverhulme Centre for Future of Intelligence and the Principal Investigator on Expertise Under Pressure project at the Centre for Humanities and Social Change.

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Research interests

Philosophy of social science and of policy; values and objectivity in science; methodology of modeling; philosophy of economics and of psychology; explanation; well-being in ethics and political philosophy; measurement and quantification; expertise and automation in social science and policy.

Selected publications

A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being, monograph (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). The introductory chapter is available here and a series of posts appeared at Brains Blog and OUP Philosophy Blog. Reviews: Utilitas, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Ethics, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"Can the Science of Well-being be Objective?" British Journal of Philosophy of Science (journal version) Volume 69, Issue 2, 1 June 2018, Pages 421–445.

"Is Well-being Measurable After All?" Public Health Ethics 2016 (journal version).

"Is Construct Validation Valid?" (with Dan Haybron) Philosophy of Science (journal version).83, no. 5 (December 2016): 1098-1109.

"The Prisoner's Dilemma doesn't explain much" (with Robert Northcott) in Martin Peterson (ed.), The Prisoner's Dilemma, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

'Doing Well In The Circumstances', Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2013): 307–328

'Well-Being as an Object of Science', Philosophy of Science 79 (2012): 678–689

'Values and the Science of Well-Being', Oxford Handbook for Philosophy of Social Science, edited by Harold Kincaid (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011): 625–645

'Buyer Beware: Robustness Analyses in Economics and Biology', with Jay Odenbaugh, Biology and Philosophy 26 (2011): 757–771

'When Analytic Narratives Explain', Journal of the Philosophy of History 3 (2009): 1–24

'Progress in Economics: Lessons from the Spectrum Auctions', with Robert Northcott, The Oxford Handbook for Philosophy of Economics, edited by Harold Kincaid and Don Ross (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009): 306–336

'First-Person Reports and Measurement of Happiness', Philosophical Psychology 21 (2008): 571–583

'Making Models Count', Philosophy of Science 75 (2008): 383–404
Winner of the Philosophy of Science Association Recent PhD Essay Award 2008