Sundar Sarukkai

SundarProfessional Qualification

PhD, Theoretical Particle Physics, Department of Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. 1985 – 1992:

M.Sc, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. 1983 – 1985:

Research Interests

Philosophy of science and mathematics, phenomenology and philosophy of language and art, drawing on both Indian and Western philosophical traditions

Courses Taught at MCPH

Thinking and Imagination, Language and Reality, Philosophy of Science, Art, Aesthetics and Technology, Philosophy of Technology

Sample Publications

Translating the World: Science and Language. Lanham: University Press of America, 2002.

Philosophy of Symmetry. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 2004.

Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. New Delhi: PHISPC/Motilal Banarasidass, 2005.

What is Science? National Book Trust, 2012.

The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru), Oxford University Press, 2012.

“Indian Experiences with Science: Considerations for History, Philosophy and Science Education”, in International Handbook of Research in History and Philosophy for Science and Mathematics Education, Ed. Michael R. Matthews, Springer, 2014.

“Publicly Talking about Caste: A Report on the jātisamvāda in Prajavāni” (with Gopal Guru), Economic and Political Weekly XLIX, 2014.

“Translation as Method: Implications for History of Science”, in The Circulation of Knowledge between Britain, India and China, Eds. B. Lightman, G. McOuat and L. Stewart, Brill Press, 2013.

“Unity of the Senses in Indian Thought”, in Exploring the Senses, Eds. Axel Michaels & C. Wulf, Routledge, 2013.
Review of Social Text 106: Interspecies by J. Livingston and J. K. Puar (Eds.), Current Science 104, 2013.

“Writing Advaita: Reading Ramchandra Gandhi’s I am Thou”, in Ramchandra Gandhi: The Man and his Philosophy, Ed. A. Raghuramaraju, Routledge, 2013.
Comment on “Incest, the Child and the Despotic Father” by J. Borneman, Current Anthropology 53 (2), 2012.

“Mathematics in Economics: Reducibility and/or Applicability?” New Mathematics and Natural Computation 8 (1), 2012.

“Rituals, Knowledge and Method: The Curious Case of Epistemological Sanskritization”, in Emotions in Rituals and Performances, Eds. Axel Michaels & C. Wulf, Routledge, 2012.

“Vitalism and Material Agency”, in The Vibrancy Effect Ebook, Ed. Christopher Salter, Rotterdam: V2_/NAi, 2012.

“JRD Tata and the Idea of Trusteeship”, in Zoroastrianism: From Antiquity to the Modern Period, Ed. Murzban Jal, PHISPC, 2012.

“Possible Ideas of Necessity in Indian Logic”, Journal of Philosophical Logic 40, 2011.

“Complexity & Randomness in Mathematics: Philosophical Reflections on the Relevance for Economic Modelling”, The Journal of Economic Surveys 25(3), 2011.

“Indian Logic and Philosophy of Science: The Logic-Epistemology Link”, in Proof, Computation and Agency, Eds. J van Benthem, A. Gupta and R. Parikh,  Synthese Library: Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, Springer 2011.

“Mathematics and Music: An Aesthetic Detour into Logic”, in Reminiscing Ideas and Interactions: Essays in Honour of Mihir Chakraborty, Calcutta Logic Circle, Kolkata: 2011.
Review of “The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science” by Arun Bala, Philosophy East & West, 61, 2011.

“Many Faces: Reimagining the Moon”, Editorial, Leonardo 43 (3), 2010.

“The Possibility of Conservation: Some Philosophical Questions” (with Meera Baindur), Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. Vol.3, 2010. (Translated and published as “Naturschutz – philosophische Fragen” in Uber Lebenskunst, Eds. K. Narbutovic and S. Stemmler, Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2011.)

“On Quiet Conversation: Ethics and the Art of Self-Conversation”, in In Quiet Conversation: Essays for Mrinal Miri. Eds. J. Sharma and R. Raju. Routledge, 2010.

“Multisemiosis and Incommensurability” (with Arun Murthi),  International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23(3), 2009.

“Phenomenology of Untouchability”, Economic and Political Weekly XLIV (37), 2009.

“Science and the Ethics of Curiosity”,  Current Science 97 (6), 2009.

“A Semiotic Interpretation of Indian Logic”, in Logic, Navya-Nyaya & Applications: Vol 1. Eds: M. Chakraborty, et al. London: College Publications, 2008.

“Science and the Aesthetics of Language”, Science, Literature and Aesthetics, Ed. Amiya Dev, Delhi: PHISPC, 2009.

“The missing link in art-science discourse, or art and the social sciences”, Editorial, Leonardo 42(2), 2009.

“Culture of Technology and ICTs”, in ICTs and Indian Social Change, Eds. A. Saith et al,  London and Delhi: Sage, 2008.

“Subjective Foundations of Science: Language, Consciousness and Reason”, in Foundations of Science, Ed. B. V. Sreekantan, Orient Longman, 2008.

“Revisiting the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics”, Re-printed in Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, Ed. Marin Turlea, Vol 6, New York: Denbridge Press, 2007 and in Foundations of Science, Ed. B. V. Sreekantan, Orient Longman, 2008.

“Logic and Science: Some insights from Indian logic”, in History of Science and Philosophy of Science, Ed. P. K. Sengupta, PHISPC, 2008.

“Mathematics and Visuality”, Report in the eleventh International Congress on Mathematical Education, Monterrey, Mexico 2008.

“Philosophy of Science and its Implications for Science and Mathematics Education”, in The epiSTEME Reviews, Eds. B. Choksi et al, Macmillan India, 2007, pp. 35 – 61.

“Dalit Experience and Theory”, Economic and Political Weekly XLII (40), 2007, pp. 4043 – 4048.

“Literary Reality and Scientific Fiction”, JJCL 44, 2007.

“The writing of the social sciences”, eSocialSciences, January 2007,

“Scienza ed etica del linguaggio”, Incipit: etica della scienzen. Vol 1, pp. 28-35, 2007.
(Translation into Italian of the paper ‘Science and the ethics of language’.)

“Mathematics, nature and cryptography: Insights from philosophy of information”, Current Science 92 (12), 2007, pp. 1690 – 1696.

“The relevance of Indian philosophy for philosophy of science”, in Foundations of Knowledge, Ed. S. Raval et al, Delhi: Pencraft International, 2007.

“Introduction: The Relevance of Indian Traditions for Social Science”, in Philosophical Concepts Relevant to Sciences in Indian Tradition. Ed. P. K. Sen. Delhi: CSC, 2008.

“The Use of Symbols in Mathematics and Logic”, in Essays on the Foundation of Mathematics and Logic, Vol 2, Ed. Giandomenica Sica, Italy: Polimetrica Publishers, 2005.

“Revisiting the ‘Unreasonable Effectiveness’ of Mathematics”, Current Science 88 (3), 2005, pp. 415 – 423.

“Matter and Space” in Landscape of Matter, Ed. S. Ananthamurthy et al. Bangalore Prasanga, Bangalore University, 2005, pp. 143 – 162.

“Beauty in the Beast”, Editorial, Leonardo 37(3), 2004, pp. 175 – 176.

“Praying to Machines”, Leonardo Electronic Almanac 11(8), 2003.

“Perspectives on Mathematics”, Editorial, Special issue on Review of Science Studies, Economic and Political Weekly 38 (35), 2003, p. 3648.

“Applying Mathematics: The Paradoxical Relation between Mathematics, Language and Reality”, Economic and Political Weekly 38 (35), 2003, pp. 3662 – 3670.

Book review of End of Time by E. Tiezzi, Current Science 85(2), 2003, p. 214.

“Interpreting Scientific Terms Across Traditions”, Sandhan II (2), 2002, pp. 57 – 72. Reprinted in Consavvy Volume, Edited by D. P. Chattopadhyaya, 2005.

“Outside/Inside: Merleau-Ponty/Yoga”.  Philosophy East and West 52(4), 2002, pp. 459 – 478.

“Translation and Science”. META 46(4), 2001, pp. 646 – 663.

“Mathematics, Language and Translation”. META 46(4), 2001, pp. 664 – 674.

“Thinking the Labyrinth”, Book Review in Current Science 79(5), 2001, p. 661.

“Symbols of Truth: Objectivity and Reality in Science”, in Science and Tradition, Edited by A.K. Raina et al. Shimla: IIAS, 2000.

“Remembering M.N. Srinivas”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2000, pp. 431 – 433.

“Science, Knowledge and Society”,  Economic and Political Weekly 34, 1999, pp. 779 – 784.

“Beyond Belief: Trust, Deception and Knowledge”, in Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences 6(2), 1999, pp. 23 – 40.

“Explaining Consciousness – Some Pointers from Philosophy of Mathematics”, in Scientific and Philosophical Approaches to Consciousness, Edited by S. Menon et al. Bangalore: NIAS, 1999.

“The `Other’ in Anthropology and Philosophy”, Economic and Political Weekly 32(24), 1997.

“Humanism & Technology”, In Facets of Humanism, Ed B V Subbarayappa, Affiliated East-West Press, 1995.

“Mathematization of the Human Sciences – Epistemological Sanskritization?”, Economic and Political Weekly 30(52), 1995, pp. 3357 – 3360.

“Topological Feedback in Kaluza-Klein Theory”, Physics Letters B 257, 1991, pp. 32 – 34.

Professional Memberships
Series Editor, Science and Society, Routledge, Delhi., 2013.
Editorial Board Member, Leonardo Book Series, MIT Press, USA, 2007 – date.
Editorial Board Member, Paragrana: The International Review of Historical Anthropology, Akademie Verlag, Berlin, 2011-date.
Member of the Council, Indian Council for Philosophical Research, 2009-2012.
Member, Karnataka Knowledge Commission, Government of Karnataka, 2012 – 2013.
Executive Committee Member, Association for Logic in India, 2010 onwards.
Convener, Working Group on Humanities, Social Sciences, Law and Management, Karnataka Knowledge Commission, Government of Karnataka, 2008 – 2011.
Guest Editor, Special Section on the Moon, Leonardo Journal, MIT Press, 2008 – 2011.
Initial Judge, Digital Media and Learning Competition, HASTAC & MacArthur, USA, 2009 & 2010.
Honorary Associate, Algorithmic Social Science Research Unit (ASSRU), Department of Economics, Trento University, Italy, 2010.
Adjunct Professor, IISER, Mohali, 2011-2013.
Member, Curriculum Committee, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, 2008-2011.
Member, International Committee on Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS), committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), 2008 onwards.
Guest Editor, Special Section on Mathematics, Current Science; 88(3), 2005.
Jury Member, Global Crossings Award Jury Committee, International Award for artists using science and technology, Supported by Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, 2004 – 2005.
Guest Editor, Special Section on Review of Science Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, 38(35), 2003.

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