Professor Purushottama Bilimoria

Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne 


Professor Purushottama Bilimoria is a current Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Faculty at Ashoka University in Delhi, India (fall 2019), a former Fellow of the College of the All Souls of the Faithful Departed, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. He is a visiting Professor and Lecturer with the Institute for South Asia Studies, at UC Berkeley, and Dominican University, San Anselmo, and serves as a senior lecturer in the Center for Dharma Studies at Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Professor Purushottama Bilimoria is likewise Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Studies at Deakin University, and Senior Research Fellow with the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies and the Australia India Institute at University of Melbourne.

Professor Purushottama Bilimoria is an Editor-in-Chief of Sophia, Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Springer and has also edited a book series with Springer on Sophia: cross-cultural studies in Culture and Traditions.

Lectures he conducted at the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies:
  • The Logical Illumination of Mīmāṃsā, and Nyaya (to Navyanyaya) – The evolution of thinking, metaphysics and theology  (apauruṣeyā, apurva, padarthas, Isvara, vadavivada, hetutarka)
  • Hinduism’s Transnational Diasaporias*: the view from Oceania – (*aporias of diaspora)
  • Indian Practical Ethics: Law, Gender, Justice, Ecological and Bioethical Challenges

Research Area/s:

Hindu religious philosophies, political philosophy, pertaining to ethics of rights, theories of justice, capabilities and education and gender issues in third world, particularly South Asian.

Research Interests:

Classical Indian philosophy and comparative ethics, Continental thought, cross-cultural philosophy of religion, diaspora studies, bioethics, and personal law in India.

Selected Publications:

  • Globalization, Transnationalism, Gender and Ecological Engagement (2015)
  • Indian Diaspora : Hindus and Sikhs in Australia (2015)
  • Emotions in Indian Thought-Systems (2015)
  • Postcolonial Reason and Its Critiques: Deliberations on Spivak’s Thoughts (2014)
  • Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion (Springer, 2009)
  • Sabdapramana: Word and Knowledge in Indian Philosophy (DK PrintWorld, 2008)
  • Indian Ethics I (Ashgate, 2007)

Managing Editor

  • Professor Purushottama Bilimoria is an Editor-in-Chief of Sophia, Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Springer.

Chapters and Articles

  • “Nietzsche as ‘Europe’s Buddha’ and Asia’s Superman”, Sophia 47/3, 2008