Dr. Kisor Chakrabarti
Specialization: Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Indian Philosophy
Home institution in US: Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia
Host Institution in India: Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal     
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Kisor Chakrabarti is a professor of philosophy and religious Studies and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia. He has previously served on the faculties of Calcutta University in West Bengal, University of California at Berkeley, University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, Australian National University in Canberra, and the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey. He received his B.A. Honors and M.A. in philosophy from University of Calcutta and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has published books on ancient logic, definition and induction, philosophy of mind, the problem of induction, and Buddhism and Hinduism. He has also published 78 research papers on a variety of topics including epistemology, logic, ontology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, ethics and comparative philosophy. He has an avid interest in classical Indian music and loves to travel.

Dr. Chakrabarti’s Fulbright project is to write a critical and comparative study of Greek and Indian logic covering definition, induction, informal fallacies and deduction. He is basing his research on the sources in Greek and Sanskrit, and he will use modern logical tools and discuss modern scholarly accounts of Greek and Indian logic theories. While in India, Dr. Chakrabarti will focus on Indian logic in consultation with specialists and pundits in order to show that divergent cultures share a common foundation of reason that will help to build trust and fellowship among nations.