Dr Ionut Moise

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2023)
Research Fellow, OCHS 


Tutor in Comparative Philosophy in relation to the Aarhus University – OCHS visiting student programme at Oxford, my current research interests are Indian and Classical Greek philosophy (metaphysics), scholastic philosophy (Duns Scotus), Continental Philosophy (Gilles Deleuze), Existentialism (Albert Camus), Comparative Religion and Theology, Theory of Science, and Sanskrit philology.

I did my doctorate in Indian Philosophy (Vaiśeika) at the University of Oxford (2012-2018) which lead to the publication of my first monograph: ‘Salvation in Indian Philosophy’ (Routledge 2019) which offers a comprehensive outline on the ‘doctrine of salvation’ (niśreyasa) in Vaiśeika system, a succinct overview of comparable classical theories of salvation in other related Indian philosophical systems as well as brief references to Hellenistic doctrines of salvation collected from Christian Patristics and Gnostic sources. 

While I esteem the importance and necessity of philology and textual criticism in philosophy, my method, however, is synchronic. More recently I have developed, in the vein of Wilhelm Halbfass (Indologist and philosopher), an innovative course of Comparative Philosophy which I teach at OCHS, Oxford. This represents the very material of my next book project.

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Selected Publications

  • (book) Salvation in Indian Philosophy. Perfection and Simplicity for Vaiśeika. 2019. Routledge Hindu Studies Series: https://www.brownsbfs.co.uk/Product/Moise-Ionut/Salvation-in-Indian-Philosophy–Perfection-and-Simplicity-for-Vaisesika/9780367420239 
  • (book) Vaiśeikasūtra. A Translation (with Ganesh U. Thite) 2021. Routledge Hindu Studies Series: https://www.routledge.com/Vaiseikasutra-A-Translation/Moise-Thite/p/book/9780367770822 
  • (research article) ‘The interplay between ‘abhyudaya’ and ‘niśreyasa’ in Vaiśeika system.’ Journal of Hindu Studies, Oxford University Press (Jun. 2019) 
  • (research article) ‘The Static and the Dynamic in Vaiśeika’s Eschatology’. Romanian Journal for Indian Studies. Cluj Centre for Indian Studies. 2/ 2018
  • (Encyclopaedia entry) ‘Vedānta’ In Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Philosophy of Religion. Eds. Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro, Oxford, Jan 2021.
  • (Encyclopaedia entry) ‘Hinduism, Philosophy of’ In Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Philosophy of Religion. Eds. Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro, Oxford, Jan 2021.
  • (chapter) ‘Yoga in Vaiśeika darśana’, In ‘Proceedings in Yoga in Theory and Practice’ (Conference, January 2016). B.K. Dalai (Ed.), Pune: CASS, S.P. Pune University. (printed volume)
  • (chapter) ‘Criticism and change in Vaiśeika’s commentarial tradition’ In Critics and Criticism in Indian traditions (Conference, February 2016), B.K. Dalai (Ed.), Pune: CASS, S.P. Pune University (printed volume)