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Anand J. Vaidya

Vaidya, Anand Jayprakash

Associate Professor,  Philosophy

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"this was our paradox: no course of action could be determined because every course of action could be made to accord with the rule."
The Philosophical Investigations *201
Ludwig Wittgenstein



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy
    Univ Of Cal-Santa Barbara, California, United States, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy
    Univ Of Cal-Los Angeles, California, United States, 1998


Current Position:
Associate Professor, Director of Center for Comparative Philosophy

Areas of Research:
Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Comparative Philosophy, and Critical Thinking

Areas of Teaching:
Metaphysics, Logical Theory, Applied Logic, Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Economics, History of Western Philosophy, and Asian Philosophy

Current Research:
The epistemology of necessity, possibility, and essence; comparative examinations of classical Indian and Anglo-American philosophy of mind and epistemology; the capabilities approach to justice; logical pluralism and Jain logic, and virtue theoretic approaches to the value of critical thinking in democracy.

Recent Publications:

"Manjula's Meditation on Relativism, Absolutism, and Beyond" in Comparative Philosophy Vol 5.1, January 2014.

"Nyaya Perceptual Theory: Disjunctivism or Anti-Individualism?" in Philosophy East & West Vol. 63.4, October 2013.

"Critical Thinking and Epistemic Responsibility" in Metaphilosophy Vol. 44.4, July 2013.

"Intuition and Inquiry" in Essays in Philosophy Vol. 13.1, January 2012.

"Understanding and Essence" in Philosophia Vol. 38.4, December 2010.

"Philosophical Methodology: The Current Debate" in Philosophical Psychology Vol. 23.3, June 2010.

"Modal Rationalism and Modal Monism" in Erkenntnis Vol 68.2, March 2008.

"The Epistemology of Modality" in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2007 Edition).

"The Metaphysical Foundation of Logic" in The Journal of Philosophical Logic Vol 35.2, April 2006.