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Krasmira Filcheva

Krasi FilchevaVisiting Lecturer

Office: Sycamore Hall 124

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  • SUNY  Brockport, B.S. Philosophy with honors, 2011.
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ph.D., Philosophy, 2017.

My interests lie mainly in several inter-related problems all centered, in one way or another, on the idea of the limits of human thought, and, correspondingly, on the nature and limits of metaphysics as our most general attempt at sense-making. In past work, I have investigated the possibility of aspects of reality that are ineffable for us human beings, and I have argued that the idea that there could be ineffable truths or facts is unsustainable upon reflection. If we are to admit ineffable aspects of reality, this idea should be articulated not in terms of ineffable truth or fact, i.e. something propositional in nature, but in terms of the non-conceptual. I have explored the idea that the answer to the general question of existence, why there is anything at all, could admit of a solution, but one that comes in the form of a non-conceptual, ineffable insight into reality.

Some of the related problems I am currently working on or intend to focus on in the future are the possibility of attaining absolute representations of reality, the nature of logical form and logical truth, and the proper account of semantic facts, the idea of necessary or inevitable cognitive illusions in Reason (an idea broadly derived from Kant’s discussion of transcendental illusion in the Dialectic in the Critique of Pure Reason), and a set of issues concerning explanation in metaphysics such as the nature of metaphysical explanation, the possibility of limits to explanation in general, and the nature of necessity, especially as a concept central to explanatory projects in metaphysics and, arguably, to an analysis of the nature of Reason.

My interest in these problems is also connected with an enduring concern with methodological questions in philosophy, and one of my major goals is to understand what we are up to when we do philosophy in general and not just metaphysics, which I think is one of the hardest philosophical problems.