Muhammad Ali Khalidi (‘91-‘93)

Professor and Chair of Philosophy York University

Muhammad Ali Khalidi is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at York University. Khalidi, in addition to teaching, is a translator and editor of Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings. He received his B.S. in Physics from American University in Beirut in 1984. He received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia in 1987 and 1991, respectively. Before his time at York, Khalidi was a professor at American University in Beirut for ten years.  He has also taught at the University of Virginia, University of Nevada, and University of Minnesota. Khalidi was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at both the University of Chicago and Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Khalidi received many graduate school awards including the Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, President’s Fellowship, and the David H. Siff Philosophy of Science Award.

Khalidi’s first book Natural Categories and Human Kinds was published in 2013. In addition, Khalidi was the editor and translator for Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings. His articles have been featured in a multitude of journals and publications, including, Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Psychology, Mind & Language, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and International Philosophical Quarterly.