PhD (University of London)
Educated at the Sharif University of Technology and the University of London, Ali Paya is a Visiting Professor and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Democracy (University of Westminster UK) and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the National Research Institute for Science Policy in Iran. He is also the head of the Department of Futures Studies at NRISP. At the Islamic College, Professor Paya is the programme leader for the MA in Comparative Philosophy: Islam and the West.
Philosophy of science
Islam and democracy
Comparative Epistemology (MA)
Methods and Perspectives in Islamic Studies (MA)
Dialogue in a Real World (2002).
Analytic Philosophy: Problems and Prospects (2003).
University, Scientific Thinking, Innovation and the Public Sphere (2006).
Technology, Culture and Ethics (2008);
Democracy, Dialogue, and Other Intellectual Concerns: Global Issues, Local Perspectives (2008).
Transition to Democracy: An Anthology (jointly edited with H. Raghfar, 2008).
Other selected publications:
‘Models and Prescriptions: The Relationship between New Understanding of the Capacities of Human Sciences and Policies/Policy-Making,’ Farabi Organisation for Scientific Excellence, 2007.
‘Iran’s Tryst with Democracy’, Seminar (Special Issue on: Experiments with Democracy), edited by: Peter Sousa, No. 576, August 2007.
‘Habermas in Iran’, Ali Paya and Mohammad Ghanei-rad, Iranian Studies, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2007.
‘Critical Observations Concerning Mutual Impacts of Science, Technology and Society’, Farhang-e Danesh (The Culture of Science: A Cultural-Social Quarterly), Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 2007.
‘A Critical Assessment of Dancy’s Particularist Approach to Ethics’, Dr Jahangiri’s Festschrift, Tehran: Hermes Publications, 2007.
‘Critical Rationalism and Situational Logic: An Effective Approach to the Philosophy of Education’, Educational Innovation Quarterly, 2007.