Dr Jay Shaw
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations
Phone: 04 463 5233 extn 8936
Location: Room 613, Murphy Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus
PHIL 307 - Theories of Existence
Jaysankar Lal Shaw, senior lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, had his education at Calcutta University and received his Ph.D. at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He taught at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, at the University of Alabama, USA, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii.
The primary aim of his research is to integrate the classical Indian analytical philosophy, including Indian philosophy of language, logic and epistemology, with contemporary Western philosophy and to discuss some of the problems of contemporary Western philosophy from the perspective of classical Indian philosophy so that new solutions may be suggested from the Indian tradition. This involves both scholarship and creativity.
His current research projects focus on topics such as the Relevance of Indian Philosophy of Language to Contemporary Western Philosophy, Doubt, belief, Knowledge, and the Concepts of Harmony and Freedom.
- ‘Knowledge, Belief and Doubt: Some Contemporary Problems and their Solutions from the Nyaya Perspective’, Asian Studies Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2007.
- Causality and Its Application: Sāmkhya, Bauddha and Nyāya, Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 2005
- Swami Vivekananda as a Philosopher, The RK Mission Institute Of Culture, Calcutta, 2004.
- Some Logical Problems Concerning Existence, Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 2003.
- The Nyaya on Meaning: A Commentary on Pandit Visvabandhu, Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 2003.
- Cognition of Cognition: A Commentary on Pandit Visvabandhu, The RK Mission Institute of Culture, 1998.
- Concepts of Knowledge: East and West, edited volume, The RK Mission Institute of Culture, 2000.
- Vedanta: Concepts and Application, edited volume, The RK Mission Institute of Culture, 2000.
- Analytical Philosophy in Comparative Perspective, edited by JL Shaw and BK Matilal, D Reidel Publishing Company, Holland, 1985.
- 'The Nyaya on Sources of Knowledge', Materialism and Immaterialism in India and the West: Varying Vistas, Volume XII, Part 5, edited by P. Ghose, Centre for Studies in Civilization, Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India, New Delhi, 2010, pp.117-152.
- 'Knowledge, Belief and Doubt: Some Contemporary problems and their Solutions from the Nyaya Perspective', Essays in Epistemology,, Edited by Roma Chakraborty, UGC programme, Calcutta university, Dasgupta and Company, Calcutta, 2009, pp.20-49.
- 'The Nyaya on Number', Journal of Indian philosophy and Religion, Vol. 13, October 2008, Elkins, USA, pp.11-130.
- Freedom: K. C. Bhattacharya in Comparative perspective', The Journal of Indian academy of Philosophy, 2007, pp.106-119.
- 'The Relevance of Indian Philosophy of Language to Contemporary Western Philosophy', in Contemporary Philosophy and J. L. Shaw, edited by P.Bilimoria, Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 2006, pp.175-221.
- ‘Causality: Samkhya, Bauddha, and Nyaya', Journal of Indian Philosophy, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Holland, June 2002, pp.213-270
- 'Conditions for Understanding the Meaning of a Sentence: the Nyaya and the Advaita Vedanta', Journal of Indian Philosophy, pp.273-293, June 2000
- 'Knowledge: Some Contemporary Problems and Their Solutions from the Nyaya Perspective', in the edited volume Concepts of Knowledge: East and West, 2000, The RK Institute of Culture, Calcutta, pp.244-261.
- 'Man and Freedom', Part 1, Bulletin of the RK Mission Institute of Culture, August 2000, pp.353-360; Part 2, Bulletin of the RK Mission Institute of Culture, September 2000, pp.407-414. This article has also been published in the volume Man and Freedom: A Collection of Essays, edited by SK Sen Indian Academy of Philosophy, 2001, pp 67-90.
- 'Universal Sentences: Russell, Wittgenstein, Prior and the Nyaya', Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol 18, 1991, pp.103-119.
- 'Descriptions: Contemporary Philosophy and the Nyaya', Logique et Analyse, Belgium, Vol. 31, 1991, pp. 153-187.
- ' 'Saturated' and 'Unsaturated': Frege and the Nyaya', Synthese, 1989, pp.373-394.
- 'The Nyaya on Double Negation', Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 1988, pp.139-154.
- 'Proper Names: Contemporary Philosophy and the Nyaya', Analytical Philosophy in Comparative Perspective, edited by JL Shaw and BK Matilal, D Reidel Publishing Co, 1985, pp.327-372.
- 'Number: From Nyaya to Frege-Russell', Studia Logica, Poland, Vol XLI, 2/3, 1982, pp.283-291.
- 'Some Reflections on Kripke', Logique et Analyse, Belgium, 1980, pp.153-187.
- 'Subject and Predicate', Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol 4, 1976, pp.155-179.
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