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Ionut Moise


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 (natural philosophy), scholastic philosophy (Duns Scotus), Continental Philosophy (Gilles Deleuze), Existentialism (Albert Camus), Comparative Religion and Theology, History of Science, and Sanskrit philology.

I did my doctorate in Indian Philosophy (Vaiśeṣika) 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 description of the ‘doctrine of salvation’ (niḥśreyasa/ mokṣa) in Vaiśeṣika, an old Indian philosophical system, as well as a succinct overview of theories of salvation in other related Indian philosophical systems and classical doctrines of salvation, such as Patristic Christianity and Gnosticism.

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 on Comparative Philosophy which I taught at OCHS, Oxford. This represents the very material of my next book project.


(Monograph) ‘Salvation in Indian Philosophy. Perfection and Simplicity for Vaiśeṣika. (Monograph within Routledge Hindu Studies Series:

(research article) ‘The interplay between ‘abhyudaya’ and ‘niḥśreyasa’ in Vaiśeṣika system.’ Journal of Hindu Studies, Oxford University Press (Jun. 2019)

(research article) ‘The Static and the Dynamic in Vaiśeṣika’s Eschatology’. Romanian Journal for Indian Studies. Cluj Centre for Indian Studies. 2/ 2018

(book review) Gavin Flood. The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013, pp. 310 + xviii. in Oxbridge Philokalic Review, 2. 2013, pp. 93-9.


(book) with Ganesh U. Thite. Candrānanda’s Vṛtti. A Translation. (Bhandarna Oriental Research Institute, Pune)

(chapter) ‘Realism and Non-Realism in Indian philosophy’. Blackwell’s Companion to Hinduism 2nd ed. 2019 (Ed. Gavin Flood). - invited by the editor

(chapter) ‘How can a thing be ‘non-existent’ and ‘real’ at the same time? Antyaviśeṣa in Candrānanda and Bhaṭṭa Vādīndra’ In Being, Substance, and Essence in Indian Philosophy: The Heart of the Matter. Routledge, Francis & Taylor group. Ed. Jessica Frazier, 2020.

(Encyclopaedia entry) ‘Vedānta’ in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Philosophy of Religion. Eds. Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro, Oxford, 2020.

OCHS Awards: 
Pandit Abaji Scholarship
Other awards: 
Spalding Trust (2010) Teape Trust (2011)
Wolfson College