Nalini Bhushan

Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy

Nalini Bhushan

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2023
Monday, 3–4:15 p.m.
Thursday, 4:30–6 p.m.
And by appointment

Dewey Hall 204



Ph.D., University of Michigan

M.A., M.Phil., Madras Christian College, Madras University, India

B.A., Stella Maris College, Madras University


Nalini Bhushan's 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. She has also published articles in aesthetics and the philosophy of mind and language.

Bhushan is currently at work on several projects, including a recently completed book on the history of Indian philosophy in the 19th and 20th century (Minds Without Fear: Philosophy in the Indian Renaissance, Oxford University Press, 2017); several essays on topics such as conceptions of suffering and evil in Colonial India; reworkings of scientific concepts, such as causality in Indian modernity; philosophical ideas in the work of American modernist novelist Willa Cather; and the work of 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, she is a member of the South Asia Concentration at Smith.

Selected Publications

Minds Without Fear: Philosophy in the Indian Renaissance (with Jay Garfield), Oxford University Press, 2017.

Co-editor, Indian Philosophy in English from Renaissance to Independence. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Co-editor, Contrary Thinking: Selected Essays of Daya Krishna. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Co-editor, TransBuddhism: Translation, Transmission and Transformation. University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.