I'm Malcolm Keating.

I work on philosophy of language, epistemology, and argumentation.

I think about these topics along with Sanskrit-language philosophers in the Indian subcontinent. Along the way, I make connections with contemporary analytic philosophy.

My research focuses on two main questions and traditions:

(1) With early Nyāya: What norms should govern our arguments with other people?
(2) With Bhāṭṭa Mīmāṃsā: How do we make sense of metaphorical, non-referential, etc. language?

My full CV is hereContact: mkeating@smith.edu or c.malcolm.keating@gmail.com
(schedule appointments here)

About me:

I am Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy, Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA, from January 1 until July 1, 2024, when I will be on faculty permanently as an Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Previously I was Associate Professor of Philosophy, Yale-NUS College, Singapore with a Courtesy Joint Appointment at National University of Singapore.

Forthcoming Soon

  • Reason in an Uncertain World: Nyāya Philosophers on Argumentation and Living Well. Oxford University Press. In production, expected late-2024 publication date.
  • Classical Sanskrit for Everyone: A Guide for Absolute Beginners. Hackett Publishing. In production, expected mid-2024 publication date.
  • The Vindication of the World: Essays Engaging with Stephen Phillips. Collection of essays co-edited with Matthew R. Dasti. Part of the Routledge Festschrifts in Philosophy Series. In production. Expected 2024 publication date.

Works in Progress

  • Buddhist Philosophy and Its Critics. Collection of primary source translations, edited by Charles Goodman, with me as the secondary editor. He and I are also co-translating sections of Kumārila's Ślokavārttika and Uddyotakara's Nyāyavārttika. Under consideration with publisher, translations underway.
  • Kumārila Bhaṭṭa on Reference and Knowledge. Monograph on Kumārila Bhaṭṭa's philosophy of language and epistemology. In progress.

Call for Contributions

I am the general editor for Reading Primary Sources in Asian Philosophies, a new electronic collection that is part of the Bloomsbury Philosophy Library. See full call for submissions on PhilEvents. The initial call is closed, but if you are interested in participating in the project, please email me.
Each entry will be a succinct, lively introduction and guide to an important Asian philosophical text. The collection will include Asian texts from any time period or geographical region: for instance, China, India, Japan, Korea, or Southeast Asia, texts which may be ancient, classical, or modern (colonial, post-colonial, etc.). Entries may be relevant to any philosophical subdiscipline, so long as they are grounded in a specific text.

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