National Professor, Indian Council of Philosophical Research (2015-16)

Former Professor  of Philosophy, University of Delhi (1988-2015)

Three Broad interests


Language and Mind:

I started out aiming to become a philosopher of science, drifted into epistemology, moved on to classical philosophy of language, became drawn to cognitive science, and somehow ended up looking at biolinguistics, nature of musical organization, and the general properties of the human mind.


Philosophy and Life:

I am also professionally interested on general questions of life, including the character of philosophical practice. There is no conscious attempt, but sometimes these two apparently disjoint interests seem to merge.


Justice and Rights:

There is also a third, more recent interest: to do something about peace, justice, human rights. There is little academic philosophy in it, but I don’t think I could have written them without lifelong engagement with philosophy.

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