Department of Philosophy and the College
Anat Schechtman’s main research interests are Descartes and early modern philosophy, especially theories of substance, essence, dependence, infinity, and representation. She is also interested in Kant and the Kantian tradition (in particular, transcendental arguments), and the history of philosophy more broadly, as well as in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of religion.
Schechtman’s current research investigates epistemological and metaphysical relations between the finite and the infinite in the Meditations and other Cartesian texts, arguing that the notion of infinity has a central place in Descartes’ philosophy. In her dissertation, she offers a new reading of the (in)famous proof for the existence of God in the Third Meditation, proposing that Descartes there argues, in transcendental fashion, that grasping the infinite is a condition for the possibility of grasping the finite.
She was awarded several fellowships including the American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Whiting-Leylan Dissertation Fellowship from Yale University. She is a 2011 referee for the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
Schechtman earned her PhD in philosophy from Yale University and her BS in philosophy and mathematics from Tel Aviv University. In 2011, she was a visiting philosophy student at Australian National University in Canberra, and she was an exchange scholar at both Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Heidelberg.
Schechtman joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.