Aditi Chaturvedi

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Ashoka University

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Aditi Chaturvedi will receive her PhD in Philosophy in 2016 from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on Plato and pre-Platonic philosophers. Beyond ancient Greek philosophy, her interests include modern philosophy, aesthetics, and Indian philosophy.

Prior to her graduate studies at Penn, she completed a BA with honors in Philosophy in 2010 from Williams College. She also spent a year as a visiting student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2008-09.

Scott Dixon

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Ashoka University

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Scott Dixon is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ashoka University. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2015 from the University of California, Davis. He was a visiting Ph.D. student in the School of Philosophy at The Australian National University from June to August 2014. He received his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Wyoming in 2008 and his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Montana in 2005.

Scott’s primary research interest is in metaphysics, particularly in grounding. He also has interests in logic (especially plural logic and infinitary logic) and the philosophy of mathematics.

Kranti Saran

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Ashoka University
Ph.D. Harvard University
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Kranti Saran is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ashoka University. He earned his doctorate at Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy in 2011, and has since been a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Most recently, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Delhi.

Dr. Saran’s chief interest is in the philosophy of perception. He works on the intentionality of bodily sensations, the metaphysics of constitution in the philosophy of mind, the metaphysics of bodily sensations, and the nature of cognitive penetration, introspection, memory and their connection to bodily states. Other topics that capture his interest include pictorial depiction, non-theistic faith and the epistemological significance of death.

Alex Watson

Professor of Indian Philosophy, Ashoka University
D.Phil. University of Oxford
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Alex Watson is Professor of Indian Philosophy at Ashoka University. He was formerly Preceptor in Sanskrit in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. His D.Phil. was from Balliol College, University of Oxford. Following that he held research fellowships at Wolfson College, Oxford, at the École française d’Extrême-Orient, Pondicherry, India, at Kyushu University, Japan, and at the University of Vienna.

His research interests include Buddhist Philosophy, Indian Philosophy (especially Mimamsa, Nyaya and Saivism), Sanskrit Language and Literature. He is author of The Self’s Awareness of Itself (2006) and, with Dominic Goodall and S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma, An Enquiry into the Nature of Liberation (moksa) (2014), as well as numerous articles on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. Some of these are in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Indian Philosophy. Others are chapters in books that are suitable as teaching materials: The Routledge History of Indian Philosophy and The Continuum Guide to Indian Metaphysics and Epistemology.

Each semester that he taught at Harvard, Prof. Watson received a University Certificate of Teaching Excellence.

He also trained for three years to become a psychotherapist and has published articles on Freud and on Existential-Phenomenological Psychotherapy, a tradition that seeks its inspiration from philosophers such as Nietzsche and Heidegger.

He is currently working on translations of the Haracaritacintamani, a 13th century compendium of Saiva mythology, and the Nyayamañjari, an extraordinarily learned and entertaining example of Classical Indian Philosophy from the 9th century. His hope is that philosophy courses both inside and outside India will soon contain as much classical Indian Philosophy as they do classical European Philosophy.

Visiting Faculty

Roy Perrett

Visiting Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D University of Otago
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Roy W. Perrett is presently Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Ashoka.  He is also a Research Associate of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and was formerly Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He was educated in New Zealand at the Universities of Canterbury (MA) and Otago (PhD), and in India as a Commonwealth Scholar at the Banaras Hindu University. Subsequently he taught philosophy at various universities in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. He has published widely on both Indian and Western philosophy, including six authored or edited books, the most recent of which is An Introduction to Indian Philosophy (Cambridge University Press 2016).

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