Aditya Jha

Studying towards a PhD in Mathematics
Unification in Mathematical Explanations

Location: Jack Erskine
Aditya Jha


Primary Supervisor: Phillip Wilson
Co-Supervisor: Douglas Campbell
Additional Supervisor: Clemency Montelle

Research Interests

  • Modal Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mathematical Modelling
  • Analogical Reasoning in Sciences
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Indian Astronomical Traditions

Working thesis title

Unification in Mathematical Explanations

Academic History

Visiting PhD Student, University of Cambridge, UK (Jan-June 2022)

  • Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Sponsor: Hasok Chang
  1. A. in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions, Nalanda University, India 
  2. Tech, Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, India

(forthcoming) Visiting Research Student, London School of Economics, UK (postponed)

  • Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, Sponsor: Roman Frigg

Professional History

Research Assistant, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, NZ

Tutor, Engineering Mathematics 100-level and 200-level, UC, NZ

Tutor, Philosophy of Science, 100-level, UC, NZ

Head Content (2014-Present), Insights IAS, Bengaluru, India


Jha, A., Campbell, D., Montelle, C., Wilson, P. Not so distinctively mathematical explanations: topology and dynamical systems. Synthese 200, 193 (2022).

Jha, A.K. A Mathematical Model of Dignāga’s Hetu-cakra. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (2020).

Selected Conference Proceedings

Distinctively Mathematical Explanations: Micro-physics matters

  • X Conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Nov 2021
  • Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2021

Are there purely topological explanations of the number of equilibria of pendulum systems?

  • Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, Graduate Talks on Geometry and Topology, University of Sydney, Aug 2021
  • The Rotman Institute of Philosophy’s Graduate Student Conference: Complexity and Explanation, Western University, May 2021

Understanding and Modality in Distinctively Mathematical Explanations of Complex Systems

Formal Analogies, Scientific Explanation, and Understanding

  • Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Conference, May 2021 (link)
  • 18th World Sanskrit Conference, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Jan 2022
  • Mathematical Cultures and Practices XI, University of St. Andrews, Scotland: Satellite meeting of the British Society for the History of Mathematics and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Jul 2021

Mathematical Features of an 18th CE Astronomical Scroll

What Does the Seven Metre Long 18th CE Sanskrit Scroll Contribute to Our Understanding of Astronomical Ideas from Western India?

  • 26th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology, July 2021
  • Commission for History of Ancient and Medieval Astronomy Workshop, Observatoire de Paris, Nov 2021

A Buddhist take on Mathematical Modeling

  • The 3rd World Congress on Logic and Religion, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Nov 2022
  • University of Cambridge Postgraduate Conference, Dynamic Encounters between Buddhism and the West, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), June 2021
  • Buddhist Heritage Research Society, Rajgir, India, Feb 2020