Sundar Sarukkai's Publications



1. Translating the World: Science and Language. Lanham: University Press of America, 2002.


Reviews in META 48, 2003; Technical Communication Online 12, 2003; Handbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics 2003; The Translator 17, 2011.


2. Philosophy of Symmetry. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 2004.


Reviews in The Tribune, April 25, 2004; Current Science 88, 2005 and Sandhan IV, 2004.


3. Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. New Delhi: PHISPC/Motilal Banarasidass, 2005.


Reviews in Economic and Political Weekly XLI, 2006; Current Science 91, 2006; Philosophy East and West 59, 2009; International Journal of Hindu Studies 13, 2009.

First Reprint: 2008.


4. What is Science? National Book Trust, 2012.


Review in Leonardo Reviews May 2012.


5. The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru), Oxford University Press, 2012.


Reviews in The Book Review, 2013; Economic and Political Weekly XLVIII, 2013; Contributions to Indian Sociology 48, 2014;

Book Discussion - Five responses in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 33(3), 2013.


6. Corporate Ethics: JRD Tata and Beyond, Under Contract and submission, Routledge.



1. Science and Narratives of Nature: East and West. Eds. J. Kanjirakkat, G. McOuat and S. Sarukkai. Routledge, 2015.


2. Inscribed Heritage: Selected Letters of Vijayanath Shenoy, Eds. Dhanwanti Nayak and S. Sarukkai, Abhinava Publications, 2015.


3. Logic, Navya-Nyaya & Applications: Studies in Logic Series 15. Eds. M. Chakraborty, B. Lowe, M.N. Mitra, S. Sarukkai. London: College Publications, 2008.


4. Logic and its Applications: Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 5378. Eds. R. Ramanujam and S. Sarukkai. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2009.


5. Studies in Logic. Eds. M. N. Mitra, M. K. Chakraborty, S. Sarukkai. Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 2012.



“Cognitive Innovation in Mathematics”, in Off the Lip: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation, Plymouth University, 2016.

“Is Metaphysics Political?” in India and the Unthinkable, Eds. Vinay Lal and Roby Rajan, Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Scientific method in anthropology”, invited entry in International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell, to appear.

“Philosophical Implications of Connective Histories of Science”, in The Bright Dark Ages: Comparative and Connective Perspectives, Eds. A. Bala and P. Duara, Brill, 2016.

“To Question and Not to Question”, in The Public Intellectual in India, Ed. Romila Thapar, The Book Review Literary Trust, 2015.

“Logic”, invited entry in Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism, Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Between the Natural and Social Sciences: Medical science in the Trishanku world”, India International Centre Quarterly, 2015.

“Challenges for STEM Education in India”, in International Science and Technology Education, Ed. O. Renn, N. C. Karafyllis, A. Hohlt and D. Taube, Routledge, 2015.

“Indian Experiences with Science: Considerations for History, Philosophy and Science Education”, in International Handbook of Research in History and Philosophy for Science and Mathematics Education, Ed. Michael R. Matthews, Springer, 2014. 5


“Integrity in Medical Practice” (with Dhanwanti Nayak), Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol 11, 2014.

“Publicly Talking about Caste: A Report on the jātisamvāda in Prajavāni” (with Gopal Guru), Economic and Political Weekly XLIX, 2014.

“Translation as Method: Implications for History of Science”, in The Circulation of Knowledge between Britain, India and China, Eds. B. Lightman, G. McOuat and L. Stewart, Brill Press, 2013.

“Unity of the Senses in Indian Thought”, in Exploring the Senses, Eds. Axel Michaels & C. Wulf, Routledge, 2013.

Review of Social Text 106: Interspecies by J. Livingston and J. K. Puar (Eds.), Current Science 104, 2013.

“Writing Advaita: Reading Ramchandra Gandhi’s I am Thou”, in Ramchandra Gandhi: The Man and his Philosophy, Ed. A. Raghuramaraju, Routledge, 2013.

Comment on “Incest, the Child and the Despotic Father” by J. Borneman, Current Anthropology 53 (2), 2012.

“Mathematics in Economics: Reducibility and/or Applicability?” New Mathematics and Natural Computation 8 (1), 2012.

“Rituals, Knowledge and Method: The Curious Case of Epistemological Sanskritization”, in Emotions in Rituals and Performances, Eds. Axel Michaels & C. Wulf, Routledge, 2012.

“Vitalism and Material Agency”, in The Vibrancy Effect Ebook, Ed. Christopher Salter, Rotterdam: V2_/NAi, 2012.

“JRD Tata and the Idea of Trusteeship”, in Zoroastrianism: From Antiquity to the Modern Period, Ed. Murzban Jal, PHISPC, 2012.

“Possible Ideas of Necessity in Indian Logic”, Journal of Philosophical Logic 40, 2011.

“Complexity & Randomness in Mathematics: Philosophical Reflections on the Relevance for Economic Modelling”, The Journal of Economic Surveys 25(3), 2011.

“Indian Logic and Philosophy of Science: The Logic-Epistemology Link”, in Proof, Computation and Agency, Eds. J van Benthem, A. Gupta and R. Parikh, Synthese Library: Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, Springer 2011.

“Mathematics and Music: An Aesthetic Detour into Logic”, in Reminiscing Ideas and Interactions: Essays in Honour of Mihir Chakraborty, Calcutta Logic Circle, Kolkata: 2011.

Review of “The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science” by Arun Bala, Philosophy East & West, 61, 2011. 6


“Many Faces: Reimagining the Moon”, Editorial, Leonardo 43 (3), 2010.

“The Possibility of Conservation: Some Philosophical Questions” (with Meera Baindur), Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. Vol.3, 2010. (Translated and published as “Naturschutz – philosophische Fragen” in Uber Lebenskunst, Eds. K. Narbutovic and S. Stemmler, Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2011).

“On Quiet Conversation: Ethics and the Art of Self-Conversation”, in In Quiet Conversation: Essays for Mrinal Miri. Eds. J. Sharma and R. Raju. Routledge, 2010.

“Multisemiosis and Incommensurability” (with Arun Murthi), International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23(3), 2009.

“Phenomenology of Untouchability”, Economic and Political Weekly XLIV (37), 2009.

“Science and the Ethics of Curiosity”, Current Science 97 (6), 2009.

“A Semiotic Interpretation of Indian Logic”, in Logic, Navya-Nyaya & Applications: Vol 1. Eds: M. Chakraborty, et al. London: College Publications, 2008.

“Science and the Aesthetics of Language”, Science, Literature and Aesthetics, Ed. Amiya Dev, Delhi: PHISPC, 2009.

“The missing link in art-science discourse, or art and the social sciences”, Editorial, Leonardo 42(2), 2009.

“Culture of Technology and ICTs”, in ICTs and Indian Social Change, Eds. A. Saith et al, London and Delhi: Sage, 2008.

“Subjective Foundations of Science: Language, Consciousness and Reason”, in Foundations of Science, Ed. B. V. Sreekantan, Orient Longman, 2008.

“Revisiting the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics”, Re-printed in Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, Ed. Marin Turlea, Vol 6, New York: Denbridge Press, 2007 and in Foundations of Science, Ed. B. V. Sreekantan, Orient Longman, 2008.

“Logic and Science: Some insights from Indian logic”, in History of Science and Philosophy of Science, Ed. P. K. Sengupta, PHISPC, 2008.

“Mathematics and Visuality”, Report in the eleventh International Congress on Mathematical Education, Monterrey, Mexico 2008.

“Philosophy of Science and its Implications for Science and Mathematics Education”, in The epiSTEME Reviews, Eds. B. Choksi et al, Macmillan India, 2007, pp. 35 – 61.

“Dalit Experience and Theory”, Economic and Political Weekly XLII (40), 2007, pp. 4043 – 4048. 7


“Literary Reality and Scientific Fiction”, JJCL 44, 2007.

“The writing of the social sciences”, eSocialSciences, January 2007,

“Scienza ed etica del linguaggio”, Incipit: etica della scienzen. Vol 1, pp. 28-35, 2007.
(Translation into Italian of the paper ‘Science and the ethics of language’).

“Mathematics, nature and cryptography: Insights from philosophy of information”, Current Science 92 (12), 2007, pp. 1690 – 1696.

“The relevance of Indian philosophy for philosophy of science”, in Foundations of Knowledge, Ed. S. Raval et al, Delhi: Pencraft International, 2007.

“Introduction: The Relevance of Indian Traditions for Social Science”, in Philosophical Concepts Relevant to Sciences in Indian Tradition. Ed. P. K. Sen. Delhi: CSC, 2008.

“The Use of Symbols in Mathematics and Logic”, in Essays on the Foundation of Mathematics and Logic, Vol 2, Ed. Giandomenica Sica, Italy: Polimetrica Publishers, 2005.

“Revisiting the ‘Unreasonable Effectiveness’ of Mathematics”, Current Science 88 (3), 2005, pp. 415 - 423.

“Matter and Space” in Landscape of Matter, Ed. S. Ananthamurthy et al. Bangalore Prasanga, Bangalore University, 2005, pp. 143 – 162.

“Beauty in the Beast”, Editorial, Leonardo 37(3), 2004, pp. 175 – 176.

“Praying to Machines”, Leonardo Electronic Almanac 11(8), 2003.

“Perspectives on Mathematics”, Editorial, Special issue on Review of Science Studies, Economic and Political Weekly 38 (35), 2003, p. 3648.

“Applying Mathematics: The Paradoxical Relation between Mathematics, Language and Reality”, Economic and Political Weekly 38 (35), 2003, pp. 3662 – 3670.

Book review of End of Time by E. Tiezzi, Current Science 85(2), 2003, p. 214.

“Interpreting Scientific Terms Across Traditions”, Sandhan II (2), 2002, pp. 57 – 72. Reprinted in Consavvy Volume, Edited by D. P. Chattopadhyaya, 2005.

“Outside/Inside: Merleau-Ponty/Yoga”. Philosophy East and West 52(4), 2002, pp. 459 – 478.

“Translation and Science”. META 46(4), 2001, pp. 646 – 663.

“Mathematics, Language and Translation”. META 46(4), 2001, pp. 664 – 674.

“Thinking the Labyrinth”, Book Review in Current Science 79(5), 2001, p. 661. 8


“Symbols of Truth: Objectivity and Reality in Science”, in Science and Tradition, Edited by A.K. Raina et al. Shimla: IIAS, 2000.

“Remembering M.N. Srinivas”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2000, pp. 431 – 433.

“Science, Knowledge and Society”, Economic and Political Weekly 34, 1999, pp. 779 – 784.

“Beyond Belief: Trust, Deception and Knowledge”, in Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences 6(2), 1999, pp. 23 – 40.

“Explaining Consciousness - Some Pointers from Philosophy of Mathematics”, in Scientific and Philosophical Approaches to Consciousness, Edited by S. Menon et al. Bangalore: NIAS, 1999.

“The `Other’ in Anthropology and Philosophy”, Economic and Political Weekly 32(24), 1997.

“Humanism & Technology”, In Facets of Humanism, Ed B V Subbarayappa, Affiliated East-West Press, 1995.

“Mathematization of the Human Sciences - Epistemological Sanskritization?”, Economic and Political Weekly 30(52), 1995, pp. 3357 – 3360.

“Topological Feedback in Kaluza-Klein Theory”, Physics Letters B 257, 1991, pp. 32 – 34.

PAPERS IN SEMINARS (Last few years)


“The sociality of caste and the challenges to egalitarianism”, Workshop on Egalitarianism, Ascona, Switzerland, March 8, 2016.

“How Science itself Challenges Scientism”, International Conference on Scientification and Scientism in the Humanities, JNU, November 25-26, 2015.

“Wave-particle Duality and Nagarjuna’s Madhyamakakarika”, International Conference on Quantum Physics and the Madhyamaka Philosophical View, JNU, November 11-13, 2015.

“Cognitive Innovation in Mathematics”, Conference on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation, Plymouth University, 7-11 September, 2015.

“Deleuze and Mathematics”, Deleuze Camp as part of the International Conference on Deleuze Studies, MCPH, May 2015.

“Writing in Mathematics”, Talk at the University of Paris, Diderot, June 4, 2014.

“The Cracked Mirror”, Roundtable at the Institut des Humanites, Paris, May 21, 2014. 9


“Philosophical Implications of Connective History of Science”, Workshop on The Bright Dark Ages: Comparative and Connective Perspectives, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, February 27-28, 2013.

“Indian Experiences with Science: Considerations for History, Philosophy and Science Education”, International Seminar on Philosophy of Education, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, January 23-25, 2013.

“Philosophy in Practice: Nataraja Guru reading Narayana Guru”, II International Colloquium on Metaphysics and Politics, Varkala, July 27-31, 2012.

“Dance and Language”, Symposium on Dance Speaks, Bern, April 25-26, 2012.

“Is Metaphysics Political?”, International Colloquium on Metaphysics and Politics, Cochin, November 2011.

“Vitalism and Material Agency”, Expert Meeting on Project on Vitalism, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, April 9-10, 2011.

“Is Buddhism a Science?” International Conference on Science, Spirituality and Education, December 20-23, 2010, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, December 21, 2010.

“Nature of Knowledge in Indian Intellectual Traditions”, Public Lecture, International Conference on Circulating Knowledge: East and West, University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada, July 21,2010.

“Translating Concepts”, International Conference on Circulating Knowledge: East and West, University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada, July 22,2010.

Workshop on Global Justice, TISS and LSE, University of Chulalongkorn, Bangkok, January 7-9, 2010.

“Rituals and Knowledge”, International Conference on Emotions in South Asian and European Rituals, (organized by University of Heidelberg, Germany), Goa, January 3-6, 2010.

“Complexity and Randomness in Mathematics”, Conference on Complexity in Economics, CIFREM, University of Trento, Trento, Italy, October 27-28, 2009.

“Foot in Indian Thought”, International Conference on Foot, Free University, Berlin, November 5, 2009.

“Phenomenology of Untouchability”, ICPR International conference on Phenomenology, Globalisation and Indian philosophy, January 5-9, 2009, India International Centre, New Delhi.

“Science and the ethics of curiosity”, International conference on Buddhism and Science, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, January 15-17, 2009. 10


“Computation and the nature of writing”, Fourth Asia-Pacific Conference on Computation and Philosophy (APCAP), NIAS, December 5-7, 2008.

“Laws and Incommensurability”, International Conference on Incommensurability, Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad, January 18 – 20, 2008.


“Philosophy of Symmetry”, Invited Paper at the American Philosophy Association Annual Meet, Baltimore, December 27 – 30, 2007.

“The Aesthetics of Space”, International Symposium on Space and Culture, NIAS, Bangalore, September 29 – October 1, 2007.

What does it mean to be embodied?”, International Seminar on Ego and Embodiment, NIAS, Bangalore, September 3 – 5, 2007.

“Space and Philosophy”, OLATS conference on “Exploration in Space”, Valencia, Spain, Oct 3-6, 2006.

“Philosophy of Human Migration”, Plenary Panel, IAF conference, Valencia, Spain, Oct 3-7, 2006. (Video available on the web.)

“Indian logic, semiotics and modern science”, International conference on Logic, Navya-nyaya and applications: A homage to B.K. Matilal, January 3-7, 2007, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

“Scientific essentialism and necessity”, International conference on “Necessity and Contingency”, Department of Philosophy, Calcutta University, Kolkata.


“Logic and explanation”, Second Indian Conference on Logic and its relationship with other disciplines, IIT Bombay, Jan 9-11, 2007.


“Philosophy of science and its impact on science and mathematics education”, Episteme-2, International conference on science and mathematics education, HBCSE, Mumbai, February 12 – 15, 2007.


“Science and Humanism”, Plenary panel, World Interim Philosophy Congress, Delhi University, New Delhi.

“Indian logic and philosophy of science: the logic and epistemology link”, Invited Plenary Lecture at the international conference on Logic 2005, IIT Bombay, January 9 – 13, 2005.

“Philosophy and Subjectivity”, Convivium VI - International meeting of philosophers, Bir, Himachal Pradesh, September 11, 2004.