My primary area of research is scientific metaphysics. I am excited to learn more about the ways in which metaphysics and science relate, especially the methodological issues that arise in their interactions with each other. Lately, I am concentrating on ontology development.

Along with scientific metaphysics, I am deeply invested in understanding and applying ethics of care and queer theory to the domains of higher education and leadership. As a feminist and non-binary pansexual, I believe that our lived experiences inform our philosophies and vice versa. Read more about my engagement with philosophy community here.


  • Rajan, Sahana. Forthcoming (January 2023). "Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: The Dangers of Global and Local Ontologies in Scientific Metaphysics". Res Philosophica.

  • Rajan, Sahana, Jayshree Jha. Forthcoming (July 2022). "Ćarvāka: A Metaphysically-Grounded Materialist Ethics". Philosophy East and West. 

  • Rajan, Sahana. 2022. "A Case for Conservative Ontology Development in Scientific Metaphysics". Philosophical Inquiries 10 (1). URL.

  • Rajan, Sahana. 2019. “Fundamentality and Conditionality of Existence”. Tattva Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):1-9. URL.

Under Review

  • The Paperwinner’s Model in Academia and Undervaluation of Care Work

  • Ontic Structural Realism: Are Universal Real Patterns compatible with Scale Relativity of Ontology?

Talks & Presentations

  • September 2020: Workshop talk on "Ontology Development in Scientific Metaphysics: An Eliminativist Stance". Organised by Metascience Group (University of Bristol). 

  • October 2018: Conference presentation on "Individuality and the Source of Violence". Organised by University of Delhi and ICPR. 

  • August 2018: Conference presentation on "Complex Systems Approach to Consciousness". Organised by SCSISCS. 

  • April 2018: Virtual conference presentation on "Numerical Identity: Process and Substance Metaphysics". Organised by Fordham University (NY).