Dr Arhat Virdi

Lecturer in Economics

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Philosophy (London School of Economics); M.Sc. in Economics & Philosophy (London School of Economics); M.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (University of Oxford)

Academic Background

Prior to arriving at Christ Church, Arhat held Lectureships in Economics at Brasenose College, St John’s College, St Peter’s College and Hertford College, as well as a Lectureship in Management at Hertford College, while also holding a Fellowship at Saïd Business School (https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/about-us/people/arhat-virdi). Concurrently with his role at Christ Church, and additional to his post at Saïd Business School, Arhat also holds a Lectureship in Economics at St Catherine’s College.

Arhat serves as an adjunct member of the Economics Faculty at Hong Kong University, as well as being a Research Associate at the London School of Economics (LSE). Arhat is also a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Prior to returning to Oxford in 2014, Arhat was a member of the senior management team at the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), working as a Director of Policy, Research and Risk; the BMA is the integrated regulator of Bermuda’s financial services industry. Previous to that, he held positions as a LSE Fellow in Economics, a Research Fellow in the Philosophy of Economics at the University of Bielefeld and a Visiting Lecturer in Economics at City University (London).

Arhat read PPE at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, then took a Masters in Economics & Philosophy at LSE. His intention thereafter was to pursue a Doctorate in Economics, but Arhat stayed at the LSE to take a Doctorate in Philosophy instead having been seduced into wrestling important topics in the fields of Mathematical & Philosophical Logic, as well as the Philosophy of Science.

Undergraduate Teaching

For Economics undergraduates, Arhat teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics; for the ‘grid’ he also offers Game Theory, Microeconomic Analysis, Finance and International Economics. Arhat is additionally interested in delivering tutorials in Philosophy (Formal Logic, Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Science, and Early Modern Philosophy).

Research Interests

Arhat is concerned to apply the kind of analytical rigour found in philosophical analysis to social scientific research generally. His current interests are focussed on methodological issues within Economics, the possibility of objectivity in Financial Reporting, and the soundness or otherwise in thinking that Game Theory has real-world applications.

Publications

- (in progress) “Is it in the Nature of Economics to Make a Leap?”

- (in progress) “Defending Objectivist Representationalism in Financial Reporting”

- (in progress) “What is Truth?”, monograph based on my doctoral research; Ph.D. thesis available here: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/252/1/Virdi_What%20is%20truth.pdf

- (in progress) “On the (Homomorphic) Correspondence Theory of Truth”

- 2013, “The IS/LM Model applied to Bermuda”: macroeconomic modelling commissioned by the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, Ministry of Finance, Government of Bermuda

- 2009, “The Slingshot argument, Gödel’s hesitation and Tarskian semantics”, Prolegomena, 8, pp. 233-241: http://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=68307

- 2007, “Review of ‘Ernest Sosa and His Critics’ ed. John Greco”, Philosophy Today, 19, pp. 11-12

- 2006, “On why the Slingshot against the Correspondence Theory of Truth misfires”, Minerva, 10, pp. 28-34: http://www.minerva.mic.ul.ie/vol10/Slingshot.html

- 2005, “The Substantiality of Truth”, Philosophical Enquiry Discussion Paper, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, LSE