M. Ashraf Adeel
Professor of Philosophy
B.A., M.A., University of Peshawar
Ph.D., University of Hawaii
Office: Old Main A305
Office Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri. 12-1 p.m. and Mon. & Wed 3-4 p.m.
Selected list of publications
M. Ashraf Adeel's philosophical interests include contemporary philosophy of language and science, as well as modern Islamic thought. Adeel has published research articles in philosophy of language, science, Islamic Ethics, and epistemology. His book on language and underdetermination in Quine and Davidson has recently been published under the title: How Do We Deal With Different World Views If They Are Based On The Same Evidence: The Philosophical Problem of Underdetermination in Quine and Davidson. The book is a sustained defense of underdetermination and possibility of alternative conceptual schemes or world views both in science and in general.
His most recent articles include “Moderation in Greek and Islamic Traditions and A Virtue Ethics of the Quran,” The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Vol. 32, No. 3, summer 2015, “The Evolution of Quine's Thinking on the Thesis of Underdetermination and Scott Soames' Accusation of Paradoxicality,” HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. Vol. 5, Spring 2015, and “The Concept of Understanding in Jaspers and Contemporary Epistemology,” Existenz, Vol. 10/1, spring 2015.
Dr. Adeel’s anthology of Urdu poems Hawa kay haath khaali hain [Empty-handed Cosmic Winds] has also come out in 2015 from Pakistan.
In addition he has published such articles as "Modernity and Muslims: A Selective Retrieval" (2011) and "Diversity and Exclusivity: A Religion Needs Both," (2009) in American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and "Islamic Ethics and the Controversy about the Moral Heart of Confucianism," in Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 2008. He is particularly interested in pluralism (religious, epistemic, and that of conceptual schemes), traditions and modernity, and Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein. Some of his earlier work includes "Faith, Violence, and Our Integral Humanity: An Ecological Perspective," American Philosophical Association Newsletters, Newsletter on International Cooperation, 2005, "Tarski's Theory of Truth and Davidson's Semantics," The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1994, and "Language and Translatability: Tarski versus Davidson," International Philosophical Quarterly, 1991. "Kripke's Wittgenstein's View of Language as a Social Practice" (1990, Journal of Law and Society); "Kierkegaard and the Paradox" (1990, Pakistan, Journal of the Pakistan Study Centre, Peshawar); "Wittgenstein's Skeptical Paradox and Quine's Thesis of Underdetermination: A Parallel" (1989, Pakistan Philosophical Journal).
M. Ashraf Adeel has held a Professorship in Philosophy at University of Peshawar, was a senior visiting fellow at Linacre College Oxford in 1999, is the past President of the Pakistan Philosophical Congress (2001-2003), and was founding Vice-Chancellor of Hazara University (2001-2002).
Dr. Adeel teaches symbolic logic, introduction to critical thinking, introduction to logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, history of scientific ideas, American philosophy, interpretations of the Quran, and modern philosophy.