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UK Fellow, Philosophy, elected in 2015

Professor Jonardon Ganeri FBA

Philosophy, especially of self, consciousness, attention, the epistemology of inquiry, the idea of philosophy as a practice; Indian philosophical traditions; the intellectual history of early modern South Asia; the polycentricity of modernity; cosmopoli
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About this Fellow

Prof. Ganeri's research interests are in consciousness, self, attention, the epistemology of inquiry, the idea of philosophy as a practice and its relationship with literary form, case-based reasoning, multiple-category ontologies, non-classical logics, realism in the theory of meaning, the history of ideas in early modern South Asia, the polycentricity of modernity, cosmopolitanism and cross-cultural hermeneutics, intellectual affinities between India, Greece and China, and early Buddhist philosophy of mind. His books include The Self: Naturalism, Consciousness, and the First-Person Stance; The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700; The Concealed Art of the Soul; and Philosophy in Classical India: The Proper Work of Reason. He has published in Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Isis, New Literary History, Philosophy and Literature, Synthese, Analysis, Philosophy, in major Indology journals, and is on the editorial boards of The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Philosophy East & West, Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, the Journal of Hindu Studies and other journals and monograph series. He advocates an expanded role for cross-cultural methodologies in philosophical research, together with enhanced cultural diversity in the philosophical curriculum. Prof. Ganeri is the 2015 laureate of the Infosys Prize in the Humanities.



Current post

  • Professorial Research Associate, Department of the Study of Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Recurrent Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, King's College London

Past Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, King's College London, 2016


The Self: Naturalism, Consciousness, and The First-Person Stance Oxford University Press 2012, 2015 (paperback)

The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in early Modern India 1450–1700 Oxford University Press 2011, 2014 (paperback)

The Oxford Handbook of Indian Philosophy Oxford University Press 2017

The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Classical India Oxford University Press 2007, 2011 (paperback)

Philosophy in Classical India: The Proper Work of Reason Routledge 2001

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