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Anat Schechtman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Her main research interests are in Descartes and early modern philosophy, especially theories of substance, essence, dependence, infinity, and representation. She also has interests in Kant and the Kantian tradition (in particular, transcendental arguments), and the history of philosophy more broadly, as well as in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of religion. Her current research investigates epistemological and metaphysical relations between the finite and the infinite in the Meditations and other Cartesian texts, arguing that the notion of infinity has a central place in Descartes’ philosophy. In her dissertation, she offers a new reading of the (in)famous proof for the existence of God in the Third Meditation, proposing that Descartes there argues, in transcendental fashion, that grasping the infinite is a condition for the possibility of grasping the finite. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics. She received the PhD from Yale University in May 2011.

Email: schechtman@uchicago.edu

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Courses

PHIL 56710. Descartes and First Philosophy. Autumn 2011

PHIL 29601. Intensive Track Seminar: Descartes’ Meditations. Autumn 2011

PHIL 27302/37302. Infinity in Early Modern Philosophy. Spring 2012