Research Interests: Circulation Of Ideas, The History Of Knowledge, And Linkages Between Philosophical Arguments And Social Contexts.
Samuel Wright is Visiting Professor in the Humanities and Languages division in the School of Arts and Sciences. His research areas include the history of philosophy, emotions, and temporality in South Asia. He engages with these areas across multiple early modern archives, especially those in Sanskrit and Bengali.
His first book, A Time of Novelty: logic, emotion, and intellectual life in early modern India, 1500-1700 C.E., is under contract with Oxford University Press. The book argues that a philosophical community emerged in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century India that crafted an intellectual life on the basis of intellectual and emotional responses to novelty in the discipline of logic-epistemology (nyāya-śāstra).
He is currently working on two projects: A study on metaphysics tentatively titled The Being of Thought and a study on scholar networks in early colonial India.
He completed his PhD from the University of Chicago (2014) and taught previously at Nalanda University. He serves on the advisory board for the Journal of South Asian Intellectual History.
|2020 (Sept)||'What is Language?' The Stepwell (Ahmedabad University Blog). https://ahduni.edu.in/blog/what-is-language|
|2020 (July)||'Existence and Being.' The Indian Philosophy Blog. http://indianphilosophyblog.org/2020/07/05/existence-and-being-a-guest-post-by-samuel-wright/|