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Shyam Ranganathan

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Email: shyamr@yorku.ca

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I am a translation theorist, philosopher and teacher. I write on: Ethics, Political Philosophy, the Philosophy of Thought, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion and Asian Philosophy---especially Indian Philosophy. A theme of my research is the connection between abstract models of thought and understanding, and outcomes of imperialism, nationalism, anthropocentrism and other moral and political phenomena.

I am author of two peer reviewed monographs, two edited volumes, a translation and commentary of an ancient text of moral theory from Sanskrit, and several papers spanning my areas of research.

One of the findings of my research is that there is a close connection between dominant ideas in the Western tradition and the reception of Non-Western philosophy the world over, and that pursuing the study of Non-Western philosophy on its own terms brings to light problematic assumptions in the Western tradition that we would otherwise miss.

For up to date information about my books, research and other publications, please see:

my website: shyam.org or

my website: shyam-ranganathan.info

For a relatively complete list of publications, please see My Regularly Updated and (usually) Complete Bibliography.

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Degrees

PhD, Philosophy, York University
MA, South Asian Studies, University of Toronto
MA, Philosophy, University of Toronto
BA, Philosophy, University of Guelph

Research Interests

Philosophy , Translation, Ethics/Political Philosophy, South Asian Philosophy, Truth, Objectivity, Philosophy of Language
Books

Publication
Year

Ranganathan, Shyam. (2019) . Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation. New York: Routledge.

2019

Ranganathan, Shyam (Ed.). 2017. The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy. Series Edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2008. Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra: Translation, Commentary and Introduction. In Black Classics. Delhi: Penguin Black Classics.

2008

Ranganathan, Shyam. (first edition 2007) 2017. Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy. 2 ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.

2007

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Ranganathan, Shyam. (2018) . Context and Pragmatics. In P. Wilson & J. P. Rawling (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Philosophy New York: Routledge.

2018

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Patañjali’s Yoga: Universal Ethics as the Formal Cause of Autonomy.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 177-202 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Three Ved?ntas: Three Accounts of Character, Freedom and Responsibility.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 249-274 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Moral Philosophy: The Right and the Good.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 5-34 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Beyond Moral Twin Earth: Beyond Indology.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 85-102 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2017

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Ranganathan, Shyam. 'An Archimedean Point for Philosophy.' Metaphilosophy 42, no. 4 (July 2011): 479-519.

2011

Approach to Teaching


My goal in teaching is to get students to participate in their own education. My smaller courses with no TA are frequently flipped: students watch lectures and do readings on their own time (and answer pass/fail commentary questions to incentivize keeping up with lessons) and class is devoted to conversation — interaction with me and other students—which students are rewarded for attending. All questions and doubts about the material are meant to be dealt with in class. Pass/fail assignments are also designed to give students practice on the more challenging written and test assignments. A goal of mine is to render everything explicit, including grading criteria: there shouldn't be any surprises with respect to how grades are awarded, in my classes.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 M Techniques of Persuasion LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 P Techniques of Persuasion LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2019 AP/MODR1770 6.0 N Techniques of Persuasion LECT
Winter 2019 AP/PHIL2035 3.0 M Asian Philosophical Traditions LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 M Techniques of Persuasion LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 P Techniques of Persuasion LECT


I am a translation theorist, philosopher and teacher. I write on: Ethics, Political Philosophy, the Philosophy of Thought, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion and Asian Philosophy---especially Indian Philosophy. A theme of my research is the connection between abstract models of thought and understanding, and outcomes of imperialism, nationalism, anthropocentrism and other moral and political phenomena.

I am author of two peer reviewed monographs, two edited volumes, a translation and commentary of an ancient text of moral theory from Sanskrit, and several papers spanning my areas of research.

One of the findings of my research is that there is a close connection between dominant ideas in the Western tradition and the reception of Non-Western philosophy the world over, and that pursuing the study of Non-Western philosophy on its own terms brings to light problematic assumptions in the Western tradition that we would otherwise miss.

For up to date information about my books, research and other publications, please see:

my website: shyam.org or

my website: shyam-ranganathan.info

For a relatively complete list of publications, please see My Regularly Updated and (usually) Complete Bibliography.

Degrees

PhD, Philosophy, York University
MA, South Asian Studies, University of Toronto
MA, Philosophy, University of Toronto
BA, Philosophy, University of Guelph

Research Interests

Philosophy , Translation, Ethics/Political Philosophy, South Asian Philosophy, Truth, Objectivity, Philosophy of Language

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Ranganathan, Shyam. (2018) . Context and Pragmatics. In P. Wilson & J. P. Rawling (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Philosophy New York: Routledge.

2018

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Patañjali’s Yoga: Universal Ethics as the Formal Cause of Autonomy.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 177-202 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Three Ved?ntas: Three Accounts of Character, Freedom and Responsibility.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 249-274 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Moral Philosophy: The Right and the Good.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 5-34 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2017. 'Beyond Moral Twin Earth: Beyond Indology.' In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics edited by Shyam Ranganathan, 85-102 Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy, edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2017

Books

Publication
Year

Ranganathan, Shyam. (2019) . Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation. New York: Routledge.

2019

Ranganathan, Shyam (Ed.). 2017. The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics Of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy. Series Edited by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Sor-hoon Tan. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2017

Ranganathan, Shyam. 2008. Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra: Translation, Commentary and Introduction. In Black Classics. Delhi: Penguin Black Classics.

2008

Ranganathan, Shyam. (first edition 2007) 2017. Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy. 2 ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.

2007

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Ranganathan, Shyam. 'An Archimedean Point for Philosophy.' Metaphilosophy 42, no. 4 (July 2011): 479-519.

2011

Approach to Teaching


My goal in teaching is to get students to participate in their own education. My smaller courses with no TA are frequently flipped: students watch lectures and do readings on their own time (and answer pass/fail commentary questions to incentivize keeping up with lessons) and class is devoted to conversation — interaction with me and other students—which students are rewarded for attending. All questions and doubts about the material are meant to be dealt with in class. Pass/fail assignments are also designed to give students practice on the more challenging written and test assignments. A goal of mine is to render everything explicit, including grading criteria: there shouldn't be any surprises with respect to how grades are awarded, in my classes.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 M Techniques of Persuasion LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 P Techniques of Persuasion LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2019 AP/MODR1770 6.0 N Techniques of Persuasion LECT
Winter 2019 AP/PHIL2035 3.0 M Asian Philosophical Traditions LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 M Techniques of Persuasion LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/MODR1770 6.0 P Techniques of Persuasion LECT