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Philosophy Department Colloquium Series

Next Upcoming Colloquium

9 December, 1:30pm, AC04 005

Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University)

See below for the full schedule of colloquia and other talks in the past, present, and future.


  • 9 December, 1:30 PM, AC04 005: Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University): Value and Agency (In Person)
  • 15 November, 1:30pm: Nirmalya Guha (IITBHU Varanasi): Nyāya Logic, Fallacies and a Problem (In Person)
  • 20 October, 1:30pm, AC04 009: Uygar Abacı (Pennsylvania State University): “I act”, therefore I am free: The rise and fall of Kant’s Cogito Argument for Transcendental Freedom (In Person)
  • 29 September, 6:30pm: Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (Lancaster University): Anger and Moral Argument: Draupadī and Yudhiṣṭhira in Conversation (Zoom)
  • 28 April, 7pm: Maria Heim (Amherst College): Studying Emotions In — and According to — Classical Indian Texts
  • 27 April, 1:30pm: Eric Johannesson (Ashoka): What’s Wrong with ad hoc Theory Modifications?
  • 12 April, 1:30pm: Benjamin Winokur (Ashoka): How to Commit to Commissive Self-Knowledge
  • 17 March, 1:30pm: A. Raghuramaraju (IIT Tirupati): The Predicament and Challenges of accessing the Past in the Indian National Movement
  • 13 March, 1:30pm: Alex Watson (Ashoka): Indian Arguments for and Against the Existence of a Self
  • 8 February, 1:30pm: Tammo Lossau (Ashoka): Is Our Epistemic Standard Dissolving?
  • 25 January, 1:30pm: Michael T. W.  Much (University of Vienna): Dharmakīrti‘s Philosophy of Language


  • May 13, 2022, Meena Krishnamurthy (Queens University), 6:30 pm.: “Martin Luther King on Fear and Fearlessness”
  • April 7, 2022, Hrishikesh Joshi (Queens University), 6:30 pm.: “The Epistemic Significance of Social Pressure”
  • Feb 24, 2022, Amber Carpenter (Yale- NUS College), 6 pm.: “Epistemic Ideals and Moral Transformation”
  • Feb 10, 2022, Mayank Bora (University of North Bengal), 6 pm.: “Epistemic Transparency and Fregean Identity”
  • Jan 27, 2022, Matti Eklund (Uppsala University), 6 pm.: “Alien Structure: Language and Reality”


  • Dec 2, 2021, Janum Sethi (University of Michigan), 6 p.m.: “Kant on Prejudice”
  • Nov 16, 2021, Alex Watson (Ashoka), 6 p.m.: “Jayanta on Whether Recognition Refutes Momentariness”
  • Oct 21, 2021, Justin Broackes (Brown University), 6 p.m.: “Locke, Boyle and Essences”
  • Oct 1, 2021, Josh Schechter (Brown University), 6 p.m.: “The Theoretical Significance of the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction”
  • Mar 30, 2021, Daniel Guillery (University of Warwick), 6:10 p.m.: “Gentrification and the injustice of marginalising sociocultural neighbourhood change” [=Philosophy and PPE lecture]
  • Feb 26, 2021, Bob Fischer (Texas State University), 6:10 p.m.: “One Cheer for Cheating”
  • Feb 12, 2021, Anjan Chakravartty (University of Miami), 6:30 p.m.: “Public Understandings of Science and the Common Good”
  • Jan 29, 2021, Jordan MacKenzie (Virginia Tech), 6:10 p.m.: “Self-Deception as a Moral Failure”


  • Dec 9, 2020, Kian Mintz-Woo (University College Cork), 6:10 p.m.: “Progress Without Convergence”
  • Nov 27, 2020, Alex Watson (Ashoka), 1:30 p.m.: “Do objects of perception present themselves as momentary or persisting? Jayanta versus Ravigupta”
  • Nov 10, 2020, Raja Rosenhagen (Ashoka), 6:10 p.m.: “Intrepid Internalism, or: How not to Fear Evil Demons”
  • Nov 02, 2020, Scott Hill (University of Colorado Boulder), 7 p.m.: “The Causal Impotence Problem is a Newcomb Problem”
  • Oct 20, 2020, Michael Ruse (Florida State University), 4:30 p.m.: “Does Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection spell the death of God?” 
  • Sep 30, 2020, Nilanjan Bhowmick (Delhi University), 1:30 p.m.: “Persistence and Persons”
  • 20 Mar, 2020, Michael Ruse (Florida State University), 1:30 p.m.: TBA [Covid-postponed until further notice]
  • 18 Mar, 2020, Raja Rosenhagen (Ashoka), 1:30 p.m.: “Predictive Coding, Cognitive Penetration, and Reformed Empiricism” [Covid-postponed until further notice]
  • 16 Mar, 2020, Kabir Singh Bakshi (Ashoka), 1:40 p.m. (UG Thesis Presentation / Conference prep): “Grounding Time Asymmetry” [Covid-postponed until further notice]
  • 4 Mar, 2020, Blake Hestir (Texas Christian University), 1:30 p.m.: “Plato on the Metaphysics of the Spoken Word” [Covid-cancelled]
  • 4 Mar, 2020, Niko Strobach (WWU Münster, Germany), 1:30 p.m.: “A German Fairy Tale as a Key to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”
  • 19 Feb 2020, Alex Haitos (Ashoka University), 1:30 p.m.: “The Importance of the Idea of Appropriation in William James’s Radical Empiricism”
  • 12 Feb, 2020, Akshath Jitendranath (VU Amsterdam), 1:30 p.m.: “Hard Choices: Neither Parity, Nor Incommensurability, Nor Incomparability”
  • 11 Feb, 2020, Juliana Lima (Ashoka), 6:10 p.m.: “Group Action and Indexical Beliefs”
  • 30 Jan, 2020, Michaël Fœssel (École polytechnique), 1:30 p.m.: “Night and Democracy”
  • 29 Jan 2020, Arudra Burra (IIT Delhi Philosophy), 1:30 p.m.: “Fairness, Convention, and the Morality of Misrepresentation in Business and Professional Contexts”
  • 22 Jan 2020, Pragati Sahni (Delhi University), 1:30 p.m.: “The Status of Plants: A Brief Exploration of Early Buddhism and Jainism”


  • 11 Dec 2019, Tom Parr (University of Warwick), 1:30 p.m.: “Militant Vegetarianism”
  • 20 Nov 2019, Shishir Saxena (Ahmedabad University), 1:30 p.m.: “Conflicting Prescriptions and Prohibitions: The Deontic Logic of Mīmāṃsā”
  • 13 Nov 2019, Anil Gupta (University of Pittsburgh), 1:30 p.m.: “Foundationalism and Empirical Reason”
  • 6 Nov 2019, Elay Shech (Auburn University, US), 1:30 p.m.: “Is there a viable anti-realist, selectionist explanation of the success of science?” [cancelled due to hazardous weather conditions]
  • 30 Oct, Gagan Deep Kaur, (Int. Centre For Inter. Res. in Human Studies (ICIRHS), Laurentian University): 1:20 p.m.: “Cognitive Impact of Code-based Design Representation in a Native Handicrafts Practice”
  • 16 Oct 2019, Purushottama Bilimoria (Graduate Theological Union), 1:30 p.m.: “The Last of the Indian Liberals and Silver Tongue of the Empire: Rt Hon V S Srinivasa Sastri: biosophical sketches”
  • 8 May 2019, Martin O’Neill (York University, UK): “Social Justice, Democratic Socialism, and Collective Capital Institutions: Rawlsian Justice in an Age of Inequality”
  • 2 May 2019, Adwait Parker (Stanford): “Asymmetry of Intuition and Kant’s Theory of Physical Space”
  • 1 May 2019, Alex Watson (Ashoka), “Some Buddhist Arguments for Consciousness as the Fundamental Reality”
  • 29 April 2019, Jayanti Jha (Ashoka), “A Theory of Promising”, ASP Capstone Thesis Presentation
  • 29 April 2019, Ajay Verma (JNU), “Theorizing Mental States in Classical Indian Philosophy”
  • 25 April 2019, Rhea Narayan Kuthoore (Ashoka): “What a Coincidence!!!”, ASP Capstone Thesis Presentation
  • 24 April 2019, Reetika Kalita (Ashoka), “”Nihilism in the Abuse of History: Finding Nietzsche in The Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life”, MLS Capstone Thesis Presentation
  • 24 April 2019, Nishant Kauntia (Ashoka), “Nietzsche On The Role of Aesthetics in Coping with Nihilistic Despair”, ASP Capstone Thesis Presentation
  • 24 April 2019, Anirban Mukherjee (North Bengal University): “Authenticity and the Social Self”
  • 23 April 2019, Vikas Srivastava (Ashoka), “Does Truth Lie in Love?”, MLS Capstone Thesis Presentation
  • 23 April 2019, Martin Lin (Rutgers): “Spinoza’s Faith”
  • 22 April 2019, Neal Harris (Sussex): “Towards a deeper social critique: social pathology diagnosis from Rousseau to Honneth”
  • 17 April 2019: Anuk Arudpragasam (Columbia): “William James on the Suffering of Others”
  • 10 April 2019, Apaar Kumar (Ahmedabad University): “Kant on the Feeling of Existence: Considerations from Tetens and Feder”
  • 4 April 2019, Eric Snyder (Smith College): “A New Puzzle Concerning the Acquisition of Number Concepts”
  • 3 April 2019, Kate Stanton (Yale): “‘You Junkwagon!’ The Semantics of ‘You φ’ Expressives”
  • 2 April 2019, Monima Chadha (Monash, Australia): “Depersonalisation and the Experience of Self: A Buddhist Analysis”
  • 23 March 2019: PhilCon
    • Bryan van Norden (Yale-NUS): “Learning from Chinese Philosophy”
    • Rhea Malik (Jindal Global University): “From Kant to Critical Legal Studies: The Role of Ontology in Dignity”
    • Sharmishthaa Atreja (Delhi University): “Unpacking Disability”
    • Elias Koenig (Freie Universität Berlin/Yale-NUS): “Of Hearts and Kings. The Body Politic and Metaphor in Al-Farabi’s Perfect State”
    • Shashi Motilal (Delhi University): “Alliances Beyond and Within the Human Realm: A Wakeup Call for Global “Well-being””
  • 27 February 2019, Elise Coquereau-Saouma (University of Vienna): “On the Advantage of Being Ignorant: Seeking Knowledge in Dialogue”
  • 26 February 2019, Mattia Salvini (Mahidol, Thailand), “Ācārya Jñānaśrīmitra: the whole of Buddhist Philosophy in one verse”
  • 19 February 2019, Tarun Menon (TISS Mumbai): “Demystifying Emergence”
  • 14 February 2019, Clancy Martin (Ashoka): “Philosophy of Love”
  • 12 February 2019, Bijoy Baruah (IIT Ropar): “From Interface to Cyberspace: The Metaphysics of Augmented Reality”
  • 6 February 2019, HS Prasad (Delhi University): “Sailing Against the Current: The Buddha, Buddhism and Methodology”


  • 11 December 2018, Cameron Kirk-Giannini (Rutgers): “Slurs are Directives”
  • 17 May 2018, Danny Weltman (UC San Diego): “A Cosmopolitan Theory of Accession”
  • 25 April 2018, Alex Watson (Ashoka), “How Can the Self Perceive Itself? Four Mīmāṃsā Answers”
  • 19 April 2018, Kyle Fruh (Stanford University): “Against Climate Refugees”
  • 18 April 2018, Mathura Samaram (ASP Student, Ashoka), Thesis Progress Presentation: “Modal-Temporal Worm Theory”
  • 18 April 2018, Jishnu Ghose (ASP Student, Ashoka), Thesis Progress Presentation: “Focusing on Attention”
  • 11 April 2018, Aaron Mascarenhas (MLS Student, Ashoka), Thesis Progress Presentation: “Should We Abandon Nazi-Era Eponyms for Diseases?”
  • 4 April 2018, Megha Devraj (ASP Student, Ashoka), Thesis Progress Presentation: “Wittgenstein’s Use Theory and the Chinese Room”
  • 3 April 2018, Rachana Kamtekar (Cornell University): “Aristotle contra Plato on the Voluntariness of Vice”
  • 21 March 2018, Nirmalya Guha (Manipal University): “Absence, Its Cognition and Ontology: An Indian Perspective”
  • 7 March 2018, Kranti Saran (Ashoka): “The Moral Significance of Introspection”
  • 28 February 2018, Malcom Keating (Yale-NUS College): “Metaphor or Delusion? Kumārila Bhaṭṭa on Figurative Language”
  • 21 February 2018, Roy Perrett (Ashoka): “Can I Doubt that I Exist?”
  • 14 February 2018, Aditi Chaturvedi (Ashoka): “Harmony and Isonomy: Two Models of Order in Pre-Platonic Philosophy”
  • 7 February 2018, Amy Gordon (Ashoka): “The Importance of Being Angry: Towards a ‘Political Emotion'”
  • 31 January 2018, Clancy Martin (University of Missouri, Kansas City, Ashoka University): “Indifference and Urgency”


  • 19 April 2017, Mark Fedyk (Mount Allison University, Ashoka University): “How to Make Moral Psychology (Slightly) More Realistic”
  • 4 April 2017, Kit Patrick (University of Bristol): “Unification as an Epistemic Virtue”
  • 22 March 2017, Anil Gupta (University of Pittsburg): “Russell on Our Knowledge of the External World”
  • 20 March 2017, Christopher Hill (Brown University): “Perceptual Relativity”
  • 15 February 2017, Sir Richard Sorabji (University of Oxford): “The Discovery of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Speech for All” and “Freedom of Speech and Opening Ears: Sometimes Divergent Forms of Speech?


  • 16 June 2016, Clancy Martin (University of Missouri, Kansas City): “How You Become What You Are: Nietzsche on Selfhood”
  • 16 May 2016, Aditi Chaturvedi (University of Pennsylvania): “Harmonia in Plato’s Psychology”
  • 26 April 2016, Roy Perrett (Ashoka University): “Memory, Doubt and the Self”
  • 22 March 2016, Tyke Nunez (University of Pittsburg): “Kant on the Constitution of Causal Experience”
  • 21 March 2016, Kathryn Lindeman (Saint Louis University): “Legal Metanormativity; Lessons for and from Constitutivist Accounts in the Philosophy of Law”
  • 3 February 2016, Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi University): “Knowledge Doesn’t Entail Belief”
  • 19 January 2016, Martin Lin: “The Mind-Body Problem and Early Modern Philosophy”
  • 18 November 2015, Arindam Chakrabarti: “Could Consciousness Just Be a Convenient Fiction?”
  • 14 October 2015, Arudra Burra (IIT Delhi): “Civil Liberties and Political Ideology”
  • 20 April 2015, Scott Dixon (UC Davis): “What is Grounding and Why Do We Need It?”
  • 25 March 2015, Martin Glazier (NYU): “Explanation, Actualist Possibility, and Tomorrow’s Sea Battle”
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