PhD (Philosophy) North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, 2002

MA (Philosophy) University of Madras, Chennai, 1997

BA (History) North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, 1994

Research Interests: 

Philosophical corpuses of interest: Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean-Luc Nancy, Charles Taylor, Judith Butler, B. R. Ambedkar, Narayana Guru…

Philosophical themes of interest: self and other; finitude and agency; pain and dying; development and technology; the ethics of teaching; environmental ethics; political morality… and more generally, the study of western thought in nonwestern contexts.

Courses Taught: 

HS-301 : Introduction to philosophy

HS-406 : Philosophy of Technology

HS-465 : Moral and political philosophy

HS-623 : Problems in Social Ethics

HS-807 : Phenomenology and existentialism

HS-828 : Major thinkers

HS-856 : Critical Social Philosophy



Heidegger and Development in the Global South (New Delhi: Springer, 2015).

Cultural Ontology of the Self in Pain [edited with P. G. Jung] (New Delhi: Springer, 2016).

Recent Journal Papers:

“The Unfair Trade: Why Organ Sale Is Indefensible.” Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. 2:3 (2017): 153-159. DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2017.036.

“Total Enframing: Global South and Techno-developmental Orthodoxy.” AI & Society. 32:2 (2017): 191-199. DOI: 10.1007/s00146-015-0614-7.

Knowing One’s Death: Philosophical Considerations.” Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. 2:1 (2017): 6-14. DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2017.002.

“Agency as Response: A Heideggerian Account.” The Humanistic Psychologist. 44:4 (2016): 327-344. DOI: 10.1037/hum0000039. 

“Negative Politics of the Good: A Critique of the Politics of Rights and of Recognition.” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. 33:3 (2016): 433-450. DOI: 10.1007/s40961-016-0071-9. 

“The Self in Exile: Heidegger’s Destruction of Subjectivity.” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. 32:2 (2015): 183-197. DOI: 10.1007/s40961-015-0022-x.


Recent Book Chapters:

“The Affected Subject and the Case of Individuating Pain.” In Problem of the Self: Consciousness, Subjectivity and the Other. Edited by Manidipa Sen, pp. 156-179 (Delhi: Aakar Books, 2019).

“ (De)constitutive Theories of Language and the Politics of Change.” In Philosophy, Language and the Political: Poststructuralism in Perspective. Edited by Franson Manjaly and Marc Crépon, pp. 92-108 (Delhi: Aakar Books, 2018).

“Our Connection to Nature.” In Essays on Aesthetic Genesis. Edited by Charlene Elsby and Aaron Massecar, pp. 159-177(Lanham, MA: University Press of America, 2016).

“Earth’s the Limit: The Sense of Finiteness among the Hill Tribes of Northeast India.” In Environmental Values Emerging from Cultures & Religions of the ASEAN Region. Edited by Roman Meinhold, pp. 91-122 (Bangkok: Assumption University, 2015).



Prof. S P Sukhatme Excellence in Teaching Award of IIT Bombay, 2018

The Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG) 2017-2019 with Prof. John Russon, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, for the project: “The Ethics of Teaching in Pluralistic and Unequal Societies”

Faculty Mobility Programme Fellowship (2010) of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute at the Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada


Research Scholars: 

Sindhu Poudiyal: “ Ethics and Apophasis: Shankara, Levinas and the Critical Appropriation of Tradition” (2014).

Anoop George: “ The Engaged Agent: Martin Heidegger and Charles Taylor on Modern Identity” (2014).

Karilemla: “ Heidegger and the Critique of Culture: In Defense of ‘Other’ Traditions” (co-supervisor: Prof. Andrew Mitchell, Emory University, Atlanta) (2015).

Shining Star Lyndoh: “Derrida’s Linguistic Materialism: Metaphoricity, Materiality, ‘Orality’” (2018).


Deepak P: “Heidegger and Communication”

Nisar A. C: “Hegel and Identity”

B. Lallianngura: “Foucault and Ethics”

Jaseela C. V: “Judith Butler, Levinas, Ethics”

Ananya Dasgupta: “Philosophical Nationalisms and the Vigilante Woman”