Toronto Hires Two in Indian Philosophy

The University of Toronto Department of Philosophy has just hired two scholars who specialize in Indian philosophy: Jonardon Ganeri, currently professor of philosophy and humanities at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus, and Elisa Freschi, currently at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna.

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Professor Ganeri works on consciousness, the self, attention, the epistemology of inquiry, multiple-category ontologies, non-classical logics, the history of ideas in early modern South Asia, intellectual affinities between India, Greece and China, and early Buddhist philosophy of mind, among other subjects. He will become the Bimal Matilal Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, starting in July, 2020.

Professor Freschi works in Indian and Sanskrit philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, and other areas. She will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy, starting in February, 2020.

These additions to Toronto’s philosophy faculty indicate the department’s interest in becoming an attractive place to study Indian philosophy. Whether they signal that increased discussion in the profession about expanding the traditional understanding of the canon is leading to an increase in jobs in “non-Western” philosophy is not clear. According to an analysis by Spencer Hey (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital), there were 6 tenure-track positions that could be associated with a specialization in “Asian” philosophy in 2018. That is double the previous year, however in 2016, there were 10 tenure-track or tenured positions being advertised. In 2015 there were zero, in 2014 there were 5, and in 2013 there were 4.

(via Mohan Matthen)

Related: “Philosophical Diversity in U.S. Philosophy Departments“; “The Parochialism of Mainstream History of Philosophy“; “Two Models for Expanding the Canon“; “End Philosophical Protectionism

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