January 2024

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM IST

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


What is Nyāya Realism? Revisiting B. K. Matilal’s Perception 40 Years On

Rasila and Chandrakant Kadia 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

In the first seminar, Professor Ganeri will reflect on Bimal Matilal’s brilliant reconstruction of Nyāya philosophy of perception as a version of naïve realism, and he will offer a new interpretation of a foundational statement on the philosophy of perception in classical India: Nyāya-sūtra 1.1.4.


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.