Vaidya, Anand Jayprakash

Vaidya, Anand Jayprakash

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy





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Office Hours

For Regular Classes: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:45; Tuesday: 3:00 to 3:45. For Undergraduate and Law School Advising: Monday to Friday by Email or in Person by Appointment

A philosophical problem has the form: "I don't know my way about."

The Philosophical Investigations *123
by Ludwig Wittgenstein


  • Humboldt State University, California, 1994-1996.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Los Angeles, California, United States, 1998.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Santa Barbara, California, United States, 2005.


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

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

Areas of Teaching:
Logical Theory, Ethical Theory, Philosophy of Economics and Justice, Early and Late Modern Philosophy, and Asian Philosophy

Current Research:
The epistemology of necessity, possibility, and essence; theories of understanding, perception, and intuition, comparative examinations of classical Indian and Anglo-Australian-Analytic theories of mind, knowledge, and rationality; the debate over logical pluralism and logical monism as well as the normative role of logic in rationality, the capabilities approach to justice; and virtue theoretic approaches to the value of critical thinking in democracy.

Recent Publications:

"The Nyāya Misplacement Theory of Illusion and The Metaphysical Problem of Perception" in Comparative Philosophy and J.L. Shaw (Eds.) P. Bilimoria & M. Hemmingsen, Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures, Springer Publishing; December 2014.

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

"Nyāya 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.