Vikram Singh Sirola

Designation: 
Professor
Phone: 
(+91-22) 2576 7364
Email: 
v.s.sirola@iitb.ac.in
vikramsirola@gmail.com
Fax Number: 
(+91-22) 2572 3480
Education: 

Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2001)

Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow, Columbia University, New York (2010-11)

Research Interests: 

Epistemology:  Social Epistemology, Evolutionary Epistemology

Naturalistic Ethics

Issues in Philosophy of Language (especially Wittgenstein)

 

Courses Taught: 

Postgraduate:

    • Theory of Knowledge
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Contemporary Thinkers
    • Research Methods in Social Sciences
    • Philosophy of Development

Undergraduate:

    • Philosophy of Science   
    • Professional Ethics         
    • Moral and Political Philosophy
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Environmental Studies

 

Publications: 

Research Articles   (Published/ accepted)

    • “Popper’s Evolutionary Therapy to Meno’s Paradox” (co-author Lalit Saraswat), Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (JICPR), Springer, Volume 36, Issue 1, 2019
    • "The Duhem-Quine problem for equiprobable conjuncts” (co-author Abhishek Kashyap), Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Elsevier (in press) Available online September 2018 
    • “The Plausibility and Significance of Underdetermination Arguments” (co-author Abhishek Kashyap), Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (JICPR), Springer, (In Press) Published online 2018.
    • “Wittgenstein on ‘nonsense’” (co-author M. Mallick), Indian Philosophical Quarterly (IPQ), Vol. No. 40, 2016.
    • “Ineffable Truths” (co-author M. Mallick), Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts (ISSN: 2241-7702) published by the Research Division of Arts and Humanities of ATINER, Athens, Greece, 2016.
    • “Privacy of Moral Perspective”  (co-author M. Mallick), Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (JICPR), Vol. 31 No.2, Springer, New Delhi, 2015.
    • “Wittgenstein on the realm of Ineffable” (co-author M. Mallick), Philosophy Pathways: Electronic Journal (ISSN 2043 0728), Issue No.190, 2015 Published by International Society for Philosophers and distributed by the University of Sheffield.
    • “Wittgenstein’s Transcendental Ethics: A response to R.C. Pradhan” (co-author M. Mallick), in  Language, Mind & Reality: A Reflection on Philosophical Thoughts of R.C. Pradhan, R.K.Panda (Ed.), New Delhi: Overseas Press, 2015.
    • “What is ‘higher’ about values: A Wittgensteinian response” (co-author M. Mallick), Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (JICPR), Vol. XXIX No: 2. 2015
    •  “Wittgenstein’s view on nonsensicality of ethics” (co-author M. Mallick), Philosophia E-Journal of Philosophy and Culture, Sofia University, Bulgaria (ISSN: 1314-5606), Vol. VIII No.8, 2014.
    • “Espousing Indian Epistemological Thoughts in Constructing Scientific Knowledge” in R.S.Shekhavat (ed.) Indian Philosophical Thoughts and Rationality, Jaipur: University Publisher,2014.
    •  “Social Criticism and Cultural Creativity”, in Vanlalnghak and L. Lenka (eds.) Philosophy of Cultures, New Delhi: Akansha Publishing House, 2013.
    •  “Nature and Construction of Scientific Knowledge”,  Language and Social Construction in Vikram Singh Sirola & Ranjan Kumar Panda (eds.) (forthcoming from Routledge) (accepted in 2011).
    • “On the Semantics of Scientific Knowledge”, Testimony and Knowledge, Amitabh Dasgupta & Ananda V. Wazalwar (Eds.). (accepted in 2011).
    • “Making Sense of Metaphysical Nonsense: Investigating the Tractarian Paradox”, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, 2009 (Published in 2011).
    •  “Revisiting Popper’s Evolutionary Theory of Knowledge”, in Juraj Hvorecky and Tomas Hribek (eds.) Knowledge, Value, Evolution, Prague: Filosofia Publishers, 2011.
    • “Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge: Revisiting Searlean notion of Brute and Institutional Facts”, Proceedings of the 32 International Wittgenstein Symposium, Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, Vienna, 2009.
    • “End of Ordinary Language Philosophy: Reviewing Chomskyan Stance”, in K. Kumar (ed.) Chomsky Revisited, CIL, Mysore, 2009.
    •  “A Discourse on Creativity in Arts” (Co-author, Surabhi Rathi), Proceedings of the Kansas conference on Arts and Humanities, 2007 
    • “Faith Without Recompense: Wittgensteinian Perspective on Religious Faith”, Wittgenstein on Ethics and Religious Belief, ed. K.C.Pandey, Rawat Publication, 2007.
    • “Re-ethnicizing the Minds? Cultural Revival in Contemporary Thought”, Sandhan: Journal of Centre for Studies in Civilizations Vol VI No.2, 2007.
    •  “Social Criticism through Internal and Intercultural Dialogues”, Proceedings of the 29th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, Vienna, 2006.
    •  “Why Science Alone Cannot Unravel the Mystery of Consciousness: A Wittgensteinian Perspective”, Sandhan: Journal of Centre for Studies in Civilizations, Vol.V No.1, 2005.
    •  “Vedantic Influence on Western thoughts: A Study of Wittgenstein's Philosophy”, in N.K. Jha (ed.) Contemporary World Order: a Vedic Perspective, WAVES, 2003.
    •  “Dialectics of Language and Reality”, Spirituality, Science and Technology, in A. Mishra (ed.) IPC, 2001.
    • “A comparative study of earlier and later Wittgenstein” Gurukula Shodh Patrika, 1996.

 

Book:

In Defence of Liberal-Pluralism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, U.K., 2009. (co-author C. Upendra, P.R. Bhat)

 

 

Conferences: 

Conference Papers:

    • “Epistemology of Development: Conflicts and Contradictions,” National Seminar on Critique of Development in Indian Context: a Philosophical Appraisal, Visva Bharati University, March 2019
    •  “Social Epistemics and the Question of Recognition,” Papers presented in a session on Epistemology, 24TH World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing, China, August 2018.
    • “Paradox of Peace: An Epistemological and Moral Inquiry From ‘East,’ Roundtable talk on Eastern notion of Peace,  24TH World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing, China, August 2018.
    • “An evolutionary epistemological reading of Meno’s Paradox: evaluating Goldman’s critique,” Conference on Social Epistemology of Alvin Goldman,  ICPR Lucknow, February 2017.
    • “Social Epistemics and the Question of Recognition,” Conference on Philosophical Praxis: Theory and Practice, University of Rajasthan, February 2016.
    • “Interdisciplinarity and Research: a Social Epistemological Perspective” Workshop on Interdisciplinary Research Methodology In Memory of Professor M.P. Marathe January 2016
    • “Epistemic charity and the question of authentic experience,” Seminar on “Dalit in Theory and Practice – Cracked Mirror,” ICPR, Lucknow, March 2015.
    • “Epistemic Charity and the Question of Recognition,” Conference on multiculturalism, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, January 2015.
    • “Espousing Indian Epistemological Thoughts in Constructing Scientific Knowledge,” National Conference on Indian Thoughts and Rationality, Brij University, Bharatpur, February 2014
    • “Is Knowledge Socially Constructed,” Invited Lecture in Bombay Philosophical Society, University of Mumbai, October 2013.
    • “A Tightrope Walker: K. Satchidananda Murty on Religiosity,” Seminar on Professor K.S. Murthy, Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, 28-30 January 2013.
    •  “Revisiting Popper’s Evolutionary Theory of Knowledge,” Conference on Knowledge, Value, Evolution, Institute of Philosophy AV ČR, Prague, 2009.
    • “Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge: Revisiting Searlean Notion of Brute and Institutional Facts,” International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg, Austria, August 2009.
    •  “Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge,” Language, Mind, and Social Construction, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, March 2009.
    • “On the Semantics of Scientific Knowledge,” ICPR Seminar on Language & Testimony, Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad, February 2009.
    • “Ordinary Language Philosophy and its Critics,” Talk delivered at ICPR organized Refresher Course on Research Methods in Philosophy, Mumbai University, 2008
    • “End of Ordinary Language Philosophy: Reviewing Chomskyan Stance,” National seminar on Noam Chomsky and the Contemporary World, Pondicherry University, 2008.
    • Language of Social Explanation: Revisiting ‘Wittgenstein on Social Science,” ICPR National seminar on Science, Society, and Self: Revisiting Debates in Philosophy of Social Sciences, University of Goa, March 2007.
    • “Discourse without Metaphysics: Wittgenstein on the Every day,” ICPR National seminar on Recent trends in Metaphysics, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, February 2007.
    • “Making Sense of Metaphysical Nonsense: Investigating the Tractarian Paradox,” Conference of Australasian Association of Philosophy, New Zealand Division, Victoria University of Wellington, December 2006.
    • “Social Criticism through Internal and Intercultural Dialogues,” 29th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg, Austria, August 2006.
    • “Meaning of Life and the Transcendent: Eastern and Western perspective,” International Conference on Cultural and Religious Mosaic of South and Southeast Asia: Conflict and Consensus Through the Ages. South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion (SSEASR), New Delhi, 2005.
    • “Social Criticism: Move Towards Social Reconstruction,”ICPR National seminar on Philosophical Foundations of Contemporary Social Movements in India, Organized by Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, September 2005.
    • “Faith Without Recompense: Wittgensteinian Perspective on Religious Faith,” ICPR National seminar on Wittgenstein on Ethics and Religious Belief organized by Dept. of Philosophy, Govt. College, Dharamshala, 28th to 30th October 2005.
    • “Social Criticism and Cultural Creativity,” National Seminar on Contemporary Responses to Understanding Cultures, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, 2005.
    • “Understanding Social Criticism,” Seminar on International Philosophy Day, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay in collaboration with ICPR New Delhi, Mumbai, 2005.
    • “Secularism Revisited,” Seminar on Secularism, Bombay Philosophical Society & Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, 2005.
    • “Vedantic Influence on the West: A Study of Wittgenstein's Philosophy,” International Seminar on Vedic wisdom and contemporary world order, World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES) in collaboration with Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, 2004.