Nirmalya Guha

Professional Qualification

PhD. Philosophy, Lancaster University, U.K. 2009 NG_19_5_17_1

M.A. Philosophy, University of Madras, 2003

M.A. Linguistics, The Central University of Hyderabad, 2000

B.A. Linguistics, Calcutta University (Sanskrit College), 1998

Past Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Presidency University, Kolkata 2012-2015

Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 2009-2012

Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, Liverpool University, UK 2006

Areas of Interest

Indian Logic and Epistemology, Western Logic, Formal (Montague) Semantics, Philosophy of Language, Cognitive Science


The Story Theory of Truth, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (Forthcoming)

On Arthāpatti, Journal of Indian Philosophy (Forthcoming)

A Monstrous Inference called Mahāvidyānumāna and Cantor’s Diagonal Argument, Journal of Indian Philosophy (2015). Online First

Teaching Logic: Cracking the Hard Nut. Volume 13, Issue 64, Revista Innovación Educativa, del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

Editorial Article on Learning and Teaching Mathematics for Volume 13, Issue 62, Revista Innovación Educativa, del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

When the Advaita-śruti is challenged: A Problem of Textual Interpretation. in AN INDIAN ENDING (Essays in Honour of Professor Dr. John Vattanky SJ). Delhi: Serial Publishers. 2013

No Black Scorpion is Falling: An Onto-epistemic Analysis of Absence. Journal of Indian Philosophy (2013), Online first: 3 March 2013© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

Lakṣaṇā as a Creative Function of Language. Journal of Indian Philosophy (2012) 40:489–509, Online first: 15 September 2012© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Victory of the Unblocked: A Glimpse of Indian Epistemology. Revista Innovacion Educativa, Mexico.

Tarka as Cognitive Evaluator. Journal of Indian Philosophy. Springer, Online First. August 17, 2011

Knowledge Engineering and an Indian Epistemological Model. Reformare, Journal of Educational Research, published by Department of Public Education, Mexico, Volume I, Number I. 2011

On Communicating Meaning: Formal Semantics and Śābda-nirṇaya. Directions, Research Publication of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 2010

Indian Cognitivism and the Phenomenology of Conceptualization. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Online First, 30 June, 2010 (coauthored with Rajesh Kasturirangan and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad)

Arthāpatti: A Critical Examination. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Volume XXV, Number 4. October – December, 2008

Pervasion in Nyāya: Some Confusions and Clarifications. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Volume XXIV Number 3. July – September, 2007

Valid Cognition in Navya-Nyāya: A Reconsideration. Indian Philosophical Quarterly. April – 2006

Vyāptipañcakarahasye sādhyābhāvādhikaranatvaprasangah (in Sanskrit). Samskrtasāhityaparisatpatrikā, Vol. LXXXIV No. 3-4, April – 2004

on-existence: A Conceptual Analysis. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Volume, XXI Number 3, July – September, 2005

Books in Preparation

Arthāpatti: Postulating Truths of Reason • Śankara’s Refutation of Atheistic Arguments. Coauthor: Prof. Stephen Phillips, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, The USA


Absence: An Onto-epistemic Analysis’, Invited Lecture, San Jose State University Comparative Philosophy Conference, San Jose State University, May 2, 2015

‘Semantics: East and West’, Invited Lecture, School of Language and Linguistics, Jadavpur University, March 24, 2014

‘Word, meaning and their relation’, Invited Lecture, Three-day workshop on linguistics, Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, March 20, 2014

‘Cognition, World and the Non-dualist’s Body’, Invited Lecture, National Seminar on Embodied Cognition, Hyderabad University, February, 2014

Two Talks on Indian Epistemology and Philosophy of Language were given at the Center of Exact humanities, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad on 23rd and 24th April, 2012

‘Prakāśātman, Ānandabodha and an Indian Semantic System’, Invited Lecture, Rabindrabharati University, Kolkata, February, 2010

‘Victory of the Unblocked: A Glimpse of Indian Epistemology’, Invited Lecture, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, October, 2011

‘Blockers, Watchmen and the War of Cognitions: A New Epistemology’, Invited Lecture, Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, Allahabad, April, 2011

‘Word versus Word Meaning: a la Śābdanirṇaya’, National Seminar on Mind and Meaning, organized by Department of Philosophy in collaboration with Department of Cognitive and Neural Sciences, University of Hyderabad, 2010

‘Indian Deductive System: The Logical Basis for Indian Sciences’, The Culture and Philosophy of Science in India (organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Philosophical Research and Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, April 2009), Kolkata, 2009

‘The Language of Indian Logic’, Philosophical Text Seminars, Lancaster University, 2008 • The Dialectics of Postulation’, University of Madras, 2007

‘Necessity and Contingency in Indian philosophy’, International Seminar on Necessity and Contingency (organized by Calcutta University), Kolkata, 2007

‘Truths of Reason in Indian Philosophy’, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India, 2006 •

‘Postulation’, Monday Seminar, Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, 2006

‘Postulation and Indian Epistemology’, Departmental Seminar, Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, 2006 •

‘The Language of Indian Logic and Modern Semantics’, Calcutta Logic Circle, 2005


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