February 2024

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM IST

Room 318, School of Arts and Sciences
Central Campus
Ahmedabad University


On the Concept of Illusion

Rasila and Chandrakant Endowed Professorship Series: Thinking about Perception: A Return to Nyāya
Jonardon Ganeri | Speaker at Rasila and Chandrakant Endowed Professorship Series

Jonardon Ganeri

Bimal K. Matilal Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
University of Toronto

The two leading naïve realist accounts of illusion are disjunctivism and objective looks theory. Although it has become fashionable for Nyāya scholars to read Nyāya as disjunctivist, Professor Ganeri will argue that Nyāya provides a third account of illusion, namely, that illusions are feature-binding misfires involving what he calls relations of anomalous acquaintance.


Jonardon Ganeri

Professor Jonardon Ganeri is a philosopher whose work draws on a variety of philosophical traditions to construct new positions in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology. He advocates an expanded role for cross-cultural methodologies in philosophical research, together with enhanced cultural diversity in the philosophical curriculum. His research interests are in consciousness, self, attention, the epistemology of inquiry, the idea of philosophy as a practice and its relationship with literature. He works too on the history of ideas in early modern South Asia, intellectual affinities between India and Greece, and Buddhist philosophy of mind. He joined the Fellowship of the British Academy in 2015, and won the Infosys Prize in the Humanities the same year, the only philosopher to do so. He is visiting Ahmedabad University on the Rasila and Chandrakant Kadia Endowed Visiting Professorship.