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Anjan Chakravartty is The Appignani Foundation Chair for the Study of Atheism, Humanism, and Secular Ethics, an endowed chair established at the University of Miami. In that position he explores ‘a philosophical approach that emphasizes the methods and techniques of science, logic, and reason in dealing with questions of knowledge, ethics, politics, and social policy’. After receiving a BSc in Biophysics at the University of Toronto, he spent three years working for an international development project in Calcutta and a United Nations World Congress on Environment and Development. After an MA in Philosophy in Toronto and a subsequent year working (mostly in the Physics Department) in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia, Anjan did an MPhil and a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. During his PhD he took up a one-year Teaching Fellowship at the University of Leeds, and returned to Cambridge to take up a Junior Research Fellowship at King’s College, completing the doctorate in 2001. He cut the Fellowship short, however, to join the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto the following year, joining the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology a year later, where he received tenure in 2007 and soon became Director. In 2011, he took up a new position as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, with a special interest in the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program, and became Director of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values in 2014. He became the Appignani Foundation Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami in 2018.