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Dr Arhat Virdi

MA, MSc, PhD

Arhat is principally responsible for supplying tutorials in Microeconomics (and in Statistics for First Year Undergraduates) at Oriel.

Arhat is also a Fellow in Finance & Economics at the Saïd Business School. Prior to moving to Oriel, Arhat held Lectureships at several Oxford Colleges.

Before 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 was an 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 in 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.

Research Interests

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

Selected 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:   

(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:

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:

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