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sreekumarSreekumar N
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  • July 2014 - Present: Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai.
  • June 2010- July 2014: Associate Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai.
  • May 2003 - June 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
  • March 2000 - May 2003: Lecturer, Humanistic Studies Group, BITS Pilani, Rajasthan
Academic Background:
  • Ph.D from Central University, Hyderabad - 2000
  • M.Phil from Central University, Hyderabad - 1994
  • M.A from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala - 1992
Areas of Specialization:
  • Philosophical & Phenomenological Hermeneutics, Philosophies of Wittgenstein and Gadamer, Bioethics, History Philosophy and Ethics of Indian Medical Traditions, Indian Philosophy
Areas of Competence:
  • Philosophy of Wittgenstein, Indian Philosophy particularly Vedanta and Yoga, Indian Social Philosophy and Ethics, Bioethics, Philosophical and Moral insights in Ayurveda, Professional and Business Ethics, Gandhian Philosophy
  • Member, Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Member of Syndicate, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala
  • Life Member of the Indian Philosophical Congress
  • Associate of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Member, Forum For Medical Ethics Society
  • Member of The British Society for the History of Science
  • Member, International Association of Bioethics
  • International Member (Associate Member) of the Bangladesh Bioethics Association
Project Work
  • Wellcome Trust: Patient Welfare and Patient Autonomy: Reflections on Bio-medical Ethics in the Indian Context. (
  • Indian National Science Academy: History of the Traditional Physicians of Kerala and their Unique Ethical Outlook.
Editorial Responsibilities:
  • Guest Editor of Suvidya, A Journal of Philosophy and Religion
  • Member of Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Papers Published in Referred Journals:
  • "Wittgenstein and the Hermeneutic Problem", Indian Philosophical Quarterly, vol., 34, No.2,3,4, April-December 2012.
  • "Science, Religion and Ethics: The Religious Ethical basis of Indian Science of Medicine", Acta Bioethica, 2010; vol.,16(1): 31-39.
  • Self-Creation and Democratic Politics: Rorty's Redescription of Nietzsche, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, vol. 24, 2009, 81-98
  • "Gandhi's Criticism of Industrialization and Modernity: AN Environmentalist Perspective, Gandhi Marg, Vol.31, No.1, April-June 2009 (in the Notes and Comments Section) Co-authored with Nishikanth Kolge.
  • Industry-University Collaboration: Some Ethical Considerations, Curie Journal, vol. 2, No.4. Co-authored with Maya.K.G
  • Postmodern Discontents of Liberal democracy, Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol.1. No.2, July-Dec, 2008.
  • Ethical Crisis in Medical Sciences: A Philosophical Analysis of the Ethics of Health care Technologies Ethical Crisis in Medical Sciences, Sandhan Journal of Centre for Studies in Civilization, New Delhi, VIII, No.2, Jul-Dec, 2008
  • Science and Religion in Ancient India: The Question of Autonomy and Authority, Omega Journal of Science and Religion, 7. No.1, 113-123, 2008
  • The Horizon of Meaning: A Re-examination of Philosophical Hermeneutics, Suvidya Journal of Philosophy and Religion, 2. No. 1, 51-66, 2008
  • Translation as an Event of Interpretation: Language and Meaning in Hans-Georg Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics, Yearbook of the Goethe Society of India, 2008
  • Democratic Politics as a Presupposition of Identity Politics, Journal of Contemporary Thought, No. 27, Summer 2008
  • Consciousness, Reason and Language in Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 23, No. 1, 2006
  • Development and the Management of Knowledge: A Philosophical Appraisal, Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 12, No. 1, 85-102, 2005
  • Ethics, Professions and Developmental Concerns, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), 26, 2004 (in the Perspectives Section)
  • Linguistic Understanding and Historicity, Philosophy and the Life-World, 5, 2003
  • Mind, Language and the Evolution of Consciousness, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, 29, 2002
  • The Tradition of Dissent: From Ezhuthachan to Chattampi Swamikal, Journal of Indian Council of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 2002
Papers Appeared in Books and Chapters in Books:
  • "Hermeneutics and Language Analysis: Gadamer and Wittgenstein on the Nature of Language", in Pradhan.R.C (Edt) Linguistic Representations: The Road Ahead, D. K. Printworld (P) Ltd. 2012.
  • "Understanding Commonsense: Kant, Gadamer and Habermas" in Borkowska, Ewa and Burzynski, Tomasz, The Surplus of Culture: Sense, Common-sense , Non-sense, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2011, pp. 145-154
  • "Gandhi's Criticism of Industrialization and Modernity: An Environmental Perspective", in Joseph, Siby K and Mahodaya, Bharat, (Ed), Gandhi, Environment and Sustainable Future, Wardha, Institute of Gandhian Studies, 2011. Co-authored with Nishikant Kolge.
  • "Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Gandhi's Concept of Swaraj: Some Critical Thoughts on Parel's Reading of Swaraj" in Joseph, Siby K and Mahodaya, Bharat, (Ed), Reflections on Hind Swaraj, Wardha, Institute of Gandhian Studies. 2010. Co-authored with Nishikant Kolge
  • "On the Concept of Social Justice", for the ACPI Encyclopedia on Social Justice, published by the Association of Christian Philosophers of India.
  • "Dalit Discrimination in Indian Scriptures", for a Unit for the Indira Gandhi national Open University Study Material.
  • "The Philosophical Hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer", in Mathew, E.P, (Ed) Hermeneutics: Multicultural Perspectives, Chennai: Satya Nilayam Publications, 2009.
  • Wittgenstein and the Christian Faith, Ludwig Wittgenstein: Ethics and Religion, Edited by K.C. Pandey, New Delhi, Rawath Publications, 2008.
  • "Rorty on Reason", in Pradhan, R.C. (Ed) Language and Mind, New Delhi, Decent Books, 2005.
  • "Wittgenstein on Religion: Reading with Suresh Chandra", in Pradhan, R.C. (Ed), The Philosophy of Suresh Chandra, New Delhi, Indian Council of Philosophical Research 2004.
  • "Global Trade and Intellectual Property Rights: Some Ethical Issues", in Dubey A.P., (Ed.) Applied Ethics, New Delhi, Northern Book Centre, 2004.
Book Reviews:
  • Roderick Cavaliero, Strangers in the Land: The Rise and Decline of the British Indian Empire, International Journal of Hindu Studies (Springer), 7, 201-3, 2003.
  • Silke Schicktanz, Claudia Wiesemann, Sabine Wohlke, editors. Teaching Ethics in Organ Transplantation and Tissue Donation", Universitatsverlag Gottingen; 2010. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Vol IX No 3 July - September 2012.
PhD. Research Guidance:
  • Lenin C.C: Concept of Dharma in Indian Political Philosophy: A Critical Appraisal from the Perspective of India's Philosophical Traditions. Degree Awarded.
  • Rekha G.Menon: Aesthetics in the Age of Postmetaphysical Reason: A Study of Habennas' Theory of Communicative Action. Degree Awarded.
Other Relevant Information:
  • He deliver lectures in the UGC Lecture Series in Philosophy for the courses Phenomenology and Existentialism, Hermeneutics and deconstruction and Professional Ethics. These lectures appear in the UGC Channel "Vyas". This is produced by the EMMRC, Chennai. Already completed one course with 65 episodes. At present delivering lectures for two other courses.
  • Deliver Talks to Corporate Houses on issues related to Management and Culture, Ethics, Values, and Philosophy.
  • Contributes to News Papers and other periodicals in English and Malayalam.
  • Has completed German Language Course (A-1, Elementary level) conducted by the Goethe Institute, Max Mulller Bhavan, Chennai, 2009
Courses Taught:

For MA students and B.Tech students in IIT Madras

  • Logic
  • Aspects of Western Philosophy
  • Introduction to Indian Philosophy
  • Contemporary German Philosophy
  • Professional Ethics
  • Indian Classics and Cultural Values
  • Gandhian Thoughts

For Research Scholars

  • Philosophical Hermeneutics
  • Philosophy and Critical theory
  • Dharma and Indian Civilization
  • Environmental Ethics
Administrative and Other Responsibilities (In IIT Madras):
  • Faculty Advisor (MA Students 2013 batch)
  • Since 2012: Faculty Coordinator of MITR , Student Guiding Unit at IIT Madras
  • 2009-2012: Member of Board of Academic Courses
  • 2004-2009: Coordinator, HSS Department Research and Discussion Forum
Administrative and Other Responsibilities (Other than IIT Madras):
  • 2013- 2016: Member of Syndicae, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala
  • 2004-2007: Member, Board of Studies of Philosophy: Kannur University.
  • 2005-2008: Member, Board of Studies of Philosophy: Calicut University.