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-506: Writing and Research in 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).

Teaching in Unequal Societies [edited with John Russon and P.G. Jung] (New Delhi: Bloombury, 2020)

Select Recent Journal Papers:

Heidegger, Technology, and Biohistorical Human Futures.” Techné: Journal of Philosophy of Technology 25:2 (2021): 233-259.

 “Empathizing with the Stranger: Rereading Heidegger.” The Humanistic Psychologist 50:2 (2021): 163-178.

 “The Unfair Trade: Why Organ Sale is Indefensible.” Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2:3 (2017): 153-59.

 “Total Enframing: Global South and Techno-developmental Orthodoxy.” AI & Society 32:2 (2017): 191-99.

 “Knowing One’s Death: Philosophical Considerations.” Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2:1 (2017): 6-14.

Select Recent Book Chapters:

Gandhi’s Autobiographical Social Programme.” In Gandhi Then and Now: Autobiographies and Conversations, ed. Satishchandra Kumar, Kanchana Mahadevan, Meher Bhoot, and Rajesh Kharat (New Delhi: Speaking Tiger, 2022).

Public Philosophy as Critique." In The Imbecile’s Guide to Public Philosophy, ed. Murzban Jal, Jyoti Bawane and Muzaffar Ali, 38-68 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022).

Prejudice and the Pedagogue: Teaching in a Democratic Classroom.” In Teaching in Unequal Societies, ed. John Russon, Siby K. George and P. G. Jung, 301-27 (New Delhi: Bloomsbury, 2010).

The Affected Subject and the Case of Individuating Pain.” In Problems of the Self: Debates in Consciousness, Subjectivity and the Other, ed. Manidipa Sen, 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, ed. Franson Manjaly and Marc Crépon, 92-108 (Delhi: Aakar Books, 2018).

Our Connection to Nature.” In Essays on Aesthetic Genesis, eds. Charlene Elsby and Aaron Massecar, 159-77 (Lanham, MA: University Press of America, 2016).


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”

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

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


Membership in Professional Bodies:

Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi (ICPR)

Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai (FMES)

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP)

Research Scholars: 

Ph.D. Supervision:

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: The Informational, Ontological and Transformational Dimensions of the Logos” (2020).

 Nisar A.C.: “Self and Culture in Hegel’s Phenomenology: A Critique of the Politics of Exclusion” (2021).

 Ananya Dasgupta: “Sexual Violence, Extra-Legal Justice, and the Vigilante Woman in Contemporary Hindi Cinema”

B. Lallianngura: “Foucault, Subjectivity, Ethics”

Priyam Mathur: “The Concept of Embodied Detachment”

Rintu Borah: “Philosophy of Migration from a Heideggerian Perspective”

Bharatwaj Iyer: “Heidegger and the Islamicate”

Anamica Sharma: “The Ethics of Informal Education in Formal Settings: An Affective-Transformative Approach to Justice Concerning Dalit Women”

Amarkant Thakur: ““How to Do Things with Heritage: Heidegger on History and Memory”

Arundhati Dubey: “Jean-Luc Nancy on Love and Community”

Rutwij Nakhwa: “Hegel on the Cunning of Reason and History”