Science, Philosophy and Non-Western Traditions of Knowledge

November 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
York University
Toronto, ON M3J
York Centre for Asian Research

indianscience-smlSundar Sarukkai, Professor of Philosophy, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

In this presentation Professor Sarukkai asks why intellectual traditions from other cultures are not part of mainstream academic disciplines. Indian philosophical traditions, for example, are never taught as mainstream philosophy in the way that Greek traditions are, although there are common philosophical themes in both. Traditions of aesthetics from India (and other Asian countries) are still not part of regular syllabi for students in the West. If we do not impute motives to this exclusion, then we need to ask why it is so difficult to incorporate insights from other cultures into the university curricula and research in Canada and elsewhere.

Sundar Sarukkai is Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore and was the Founder-Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University from 2010-2015. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru).

This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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