Kit Patrick

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Formal models of Induction


I study how experts reason reliably. My main focus has been reasoning in science, especially historical sciences such as Geology. More recently, I have worked on judicial reasoning. I am especially interested in whether formal models of reasoning under uncertainty are compatible with basic facts about how we reason. I have an ongoing project on access to entitlements, and another on the hyperintensionality of inductive reasoning.

Before coming to Azim Premji University, I worked at the University of Bristol. I received my Phd there in philosophy of science, and earlier had studied History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University.

I have an interest in Indian history and run the History of India podcast. In my spare time, I enjoy sketching and poetry. But mostly, I enjoy teaching.

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  • The Self

    In using insights from both analytic philosophy and Indian philosophy to grapple with questions about the self, students will develop the capability to draw ideas from one tradition to solve problems that arise in another.

  • Ethics

    In this course students focus on ethics as applied to concrete ethically troubling contexts within the broader context of India and learn to come up with their own views and criticisms.

  • Paradoxes

    This course introduces formal systems as tools to solve specific problems, giving students the capacity to evaluate which (and whether) a particular formal system is appropriate for the problem before them.


On-going Projects

  • Modelling judicial reasoning in India.
  • The hyperintentionality of inductive logic.
  • Deduction and verisimilitude.
  • Explanatory competition.