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Madhavi Mohan


  • Philosophy of language

  • Metaethics



Doctoral Student;
Department of Philosophy, Western University

I’m a doctoral student in Western University’s philosophy department. I’ve also completed an MA in philosophy and a BSc in computer science at the same university. My research interests lie in philosophy of language and metaethics, broadly construed. More specifically, my dissertation will take an ameliorative approach to understanding essentially contested concepts and will propose ways of reconceptualizing such concepts, in order to mitigate their apparent essential contestability.

Mohan, M. (2023). WOMAN: An Essentially Contested Concept. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue Canadienne De Philosophie, 1-18. doi:10.1017/S001221732300001X
Conference talks:
“Buddhism, definite descriptions, and meaningless statements”The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association. Université de Montréal. May 2022

“Gender, essential contestability, and context-sensitivity”, Great Lakes Philosophy Conference. Siena Heights University. April 2022

“Conceptual shifts and the context-sensitivity of essentially contested concepts”, Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference. The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. March 2022

“Value Transformations, Conceptual Analysis, and Gender”, Contemporary Challenges and Values. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. December 2021.

“The Phenomenology of Ego-dissolution and the Buddhist Doctrine of Non-self”, Psychedelics Research Workshop. University of Western Ontario. September 2021.

“Thick Terms, Speaker Values, and the Semantic View”, The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association. University of Alberta. June 2021.

“Propensity for Activism as an Argumentative Metric”, Great Lakes Philosophy Conference. Siena Heights University. April 2021.

“Are Human Rights Orthodox, Political, or Personal?”, Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference. September 2020.

“Descriptive and Normative Grounds for Understanding Genders as Essentially Contested”, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory: What is gender and what do we want it to be? University of Manchester. September 2020.

“Metalinguistic Negotiation as a form of Activism”Workshop on the Philosophy of Activism. Australian Catholic University. September 2020.

MA Thesis:
Thick Terms, Speaker Values, and the Fact-Value Distinction
F2020, W2021: PHIL1020 – Introduction to Philosophy (TA)
W2020: PHIL 2355 – Sustainability: Philosophical Perspectives (TA)
F2019: PHIL 2078 – Digital Ethics (TA)
W2019: PHIL 2715 – Health Care Ethics (TA – Nominated for a graduate student teaching assistant award)
F2018: WSFR 2240 – Foundations of Feminist Thought (TA)
I also teach various programming courses at Fanshawe College.