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Philosophy Department Colloquium Series

See below for the various talks scheduled and presented in the past by visitors as well as by our own faculty members and students (e.g. thesis defenses and practice talks).


  • 28 April, 7pm: Maria Heim (Amherst College): Studying Emotions In — and According to — Classical Indian Texts
  • 27 April, 1:30pm: Eric Johannesson (Ashoka): What‚Äôs Wrong with¬†ad hoc¬†Theory Modifications?
  • 12 April, 1:30pm: Benjamin Winokur (Ashoka): TBA
  • 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): Dharmakńęrti‚Äės 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¬†(Universiy 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‚Äôs 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 M√ľnster, Germany), 1:30 p.m.: “A German Fairy Tale as a Key to Wittgenstein‚Äôs 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, Micha√ęl FŇďssel¬†(√Čcole 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 MńęmńĀŠĻÉsńĀ”
  • 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‚Äôs 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¬†ŌÜ’¬†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 Universit√§t 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),¬†“ńÄcńĀrya J√ĪńĀnaŇõrńęmitra: 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 MńęmńĀŠĻÉsńĀ 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? KumńĀrila BhaŠĻ≠ŠĻ≠a 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‚ÄĚ
  • 4 April 2017,¬†Kit Patrick¬†(University of Bristol): ‚ÄúUnification as an Epistemic Virtue‚ÄĚ
  • 22 March 2017,¬†Anil Gupta¬†(University of Pittsburg): ‚ÄúRussell on Our Knowledge of the External World‚ÄĚ
  • 20 March 2017,¬†Christopher Hill¬†(Brown University): ‚ÄúPerceptual Relativity‚ÄĚ
  • 15 February 2017,¬†Sir Richard Sorabji¬†(University of Oxford): ‚ÄúThe Discovery of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Speech for All‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúFreedom 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): ‚ÄúHarmonia in Plato‚Äôs Psychology‚ÄĚ
  • 26 April 2016,¬†Roy Perrett¬†(Ashoka University): ‚ÄúMemory, Doubt and the Self‚ÄĚ
  • 22 March 2016,¬†Tyke Nunez¬†(University of Pittsburg): ‚ÄúKant on the Constitution of Causal Experience‚ÄĚ
  • 21 March 2016,¬†Kathryn Lindeman¬†(Saint Louis University): ‚ÄúLegal Metanormativity; Lessons for and from Constitutivist Accounts in the Philosophy of Law‚ÄĚ
  • 3 February 2016,¬†Lucas Thorpe¬†(Bońüazi√ßi University):¬†‚ÄúKnowledge Doesn‚Äôt Entail Belief‚ÄĚ
  • 19 January 2016,¬†Martin Lin: ‚ÄúThe Mind-Body Problem and Early Modern Philosophy‚ÄĚ
  • 18 November 2015,¬†Arindam Chakrabarti: ‚ÄúCould Consciousness Just Be a Convenient Fiction?‚ÄĚ
  • 14 October 2015,¬†Arudra Burra¬†(IIT Delhi): ‚ÄúCivil Liberties and Political Ideology‚ÄĚ
  • 20 April 2015,¬†Scott Dixon¬†(UC Davis): ‚ÄúWhat is Grounding and Why Do We Need It?‚ÄĚ
  • 25 March 2015,¬†Martin Glazier¬†(NYU): “Explanation, Actualist Possibility, and¬†Tomorrow‚Äôs¬†Sea Battle”
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