Arindam Chakrabarti

Arindam Chakrabarti

Visiting Professor in June 2023

Arindam Chakrabarti is Lenney Distinguished Professor of Indian Philosophy of Mind at the Department of Philosophy, University of Hawaii Manoa, USA since 1997. Between 2018 and 2020, he held the Nirmal and Augustina Mattoo Endowed Chair in Classical Indic Studiesat Stony Brook University, New York. An internationally-renowned scholar in Indian and Comparative Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Buddhist Philosophy and Metaphysics, Prof Chakrabarti earned his BA and MA in Philosophy from Presidency College, Calcutta University, India, and his D.Phil from Oxford University, UK. In 2019, he was honored with “Mahamahopadhyaya”-the highest title in Sanskrit traditional learning in India. He has been a visiting fellow/ professor at Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, University of Washington Seattle, the University of Delhi, and University College London, UK, and at Ashoka University, Sonipat, India.

Dr. Chakrabarti has authored or edited 15 books in English, Bengali and Sanskrit, and more than a hundred papers and reviews in refereed journals or anthologies. His major publications include: Denying Existence (Kluwer,1994), Knowing from Words (with B.K.Matilal), UniversalsConcepts and Qualities (with Sir Peter Strawson), Apoha: Buddhist Theory of Meaning (with Mark Siderits and Tom Tillemans) and The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (2016). In 2019, Bloomsbury London published his critically acclaimed work: Realisms Interlinked: Objects, Subjects and Other Subjects. Currently he is completing his manuscript: The Book of Questions: Indian Philosophical Analysis (Penguin Random House, India) and his monograph (of 14 chapters) on the moral psychology of emotions.

While teaching post-graduate level seminars on Kant, Wittgenstein, Indian Logic and Epistemology at University of Hawaii where he has supervised more than 15 doctoral dissertations on various areas of Analytic and Indian Philosophies, he has also been the Associate Editor of the journal Philosophy East & West.

His major writing project while spending the month of June in Basel at our Institute is drafting a detailed outline of a book on the Metaphysics and Politics of Relations, coauthored with Prof Ralph Weber with whom he has previously co-edited Comparative Philosophy Without Borders (Bloomsbury, 2017).