Aditya Jha

Studying towards a PhD in Mathematics
Does differential topology provide sufficient structure for non-causal 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

Does differential topology provide sufficient structure for non-causal explanations?

Academic History

  • Visiting PhD Student, University of Cambridge, UK (Jan-June 2022), Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Sponsor: Hasok Chang
  • (forthcoming) Visiting PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (May-June 2023), Department of Philosophy, Sponsor: Bradford Skow
  • M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions, Nalanda University, India 
  • B. Tech, Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, India

Professional History

  • Research Fellow, Institute Vienna Circle, University of Vienna, Austria (Oct 2022 – Mar 2023)
  • (Invited) Visiting Research, Observatoire de Paris, Spring 2023
  • 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


Selected Conference Proceedings

  • Are there purely topological explanations of the number of equilibria of pendulum systems?
    • 63rd British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (poster), April 2022
    • Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, Graduate Talks on Geometry and Topology, University of Sydney, Aug 2021
  • Are Distinctively Mathematical Explanations Causal Explanations in Disguise?
    • Causality and Complexity Workshop, University of Salzburg, September 2022
    • Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, June 2022
  • Not So Distinctively Mathematical Explanations: Topology and Dynamical Systems
    • Xth Conference of the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, Nov 2021 
  • Understanding and Modality in Distinctively Mathematical Explanations of Complex Systems
    • The Rotman Institute of Philosophy’s Graduate Student Conference: Complexity and Explanation, Western University, May 2021