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Nalini Bhushan

Professor of Philosophy

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Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and by appointment

Nalini Bhushan

Nalini Bhushan earned her B.A. in Economics at Stella Maris
College and her M.A. and M.Phil. in Philosophy at Madras Christian College, Chennai, India.

She completed her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Bhushan has been a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at Smith College for over two decades.

Her research addresses questions in the philosophy of mind and language, aesthetics, the philosophy of science, and 19th and 20th century Indian philosophy.

Bhushan is co-editor of Of Minds and Molecules: New Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry (Oxford University Press 2000) and author of several articles in that field. Bhushan has also published articles in aesthetics and the philosophy of mind and language. She is co-editor of TransBuddhism: Translation, Transmission and Transformation (University of Massachusetts Press 2009), Indian Philosophy in English from Renaissance to Independence (Oxford University Press 2011) and Contrary Thinking: Selected Essays of Daya Krishna (Oxford University Press 2011).

Bhushan is currently at work on a book on the history of Indian philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries; also, on several essays on topics such as conceptions of suffering and evil in Colonial India; re-workings of scientific concepts like causality in Indian Modernity; philosophical ideas in the work of American modernist novelist Willa Cather, and, the work of the modern Indian artist Amrita Sher-Gil.

She teaches courses on Nietzsche, Aesthetics, the Philosophy of Language, Mind, and Science, Cosmopolitanism, and Indian philosophy. In addition to being a faculty member of the philosophy department, Bhushan is currently director of the South Asia Concentration at Smith College.