Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Sudarsan P


Research Interests

  • Social and Political Systems
  • Civil Society
  • Indian Medical Ethics
  • Indian Philosophy and Culture

Office Location
Room no – HSB 353B
E-mail: sudarsanp[at]iitm[.]ac[.]in
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4526

Mr. Sudhakar Rao Pujari – Governance
Mr. Spencer Jeice – Philosophy and Politics of Education
Ms. Manjushree Hegde – Advaita
Mr. Pratap Itta – Aesthetics and Politics

Mr. Vijaya Kumar Dhavala – Indian Philosophy and Management
Mr. Thich Van Nguyen – Buddhism

Ph.D. Completed
Ms. Josephine Antony – Digital Divide: Equity in Education
Ms. Anjana Raghavan – Cosmopolitanism and Bio-politics (Co-guide: Dr. Jyotirmaya Tripathy)

  • 2013-2016 European Union funded Erasmus Mundus IBIES Consortium (6 EU & 13 Indian Univs.) – Co-coordinator, IIT Madras (Coordinator – Aarhus University, Denmark) – Value: 2.699 Million Euros
  • 2010-2011 Prestigious European Commission project for Establishing Contemporary EU Study Centres in India- Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Value: 196000 Euros
  • Josephine, A. and Sudarsan P. “Digital Divide and Equity in Education: A Rawlsian Analysis” in Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, Ivy League, USA (Volume 12 Number 4, 2010). pp. 37-62.
  • Review Article- Philip Walsh, Skepticism, Modernity and Critical Theory, New York: Palgrave –Macmillan, 2005, Human Studies, Netherlands: Springer Publications, (January 26, 2007) Vol. 29, No. 3. (September 2006), pp. 405-412. (online edition)
  • “Mental Health: Education and Society,” NAMAH Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 7, Issue 1, India, August 1999. pp. 17-28.
  • “Illocutionary Acts and Communicative Action,” The Philosophical Quarterly, North Maharashtra University, Vol. IV, No. 3-4, July-October 98, pp. 103-122.
  • “The Logistics of Argumentation: Habermas and Nyaya – A Comparison,” Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3, July 99, pp. 357-368.
  • “Habermas and Critical Social Theory,” Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXV, No. 2, I, April 98, pp. 253-266.
  • Sudarsan, P. “Rajaji – The Republican Statesman”, in Icons and Illusionists: The Role of Lawyer Statesmen in Constitutional Democracy, Eds. William Pederson, New Delhi: Pencraft International (December 2013)
  • Sudarsan, P. “Cultural Diversity and the European Union”, European Union in Changing International Order: Issues and Concerns, ed. Jayaraj Amin, Delh: Kaveri Publishers, 2013.
  • Sudarsan, P. “The Paradox of Doctrinnaire Violence and Non-violence” Schottli, J. Zajączkowski, J and Thapa, M. (eds.) India in World Politics and Economy, New Delhi: Routledge, 2013.
  • Sudarsan, P. “Imagining India: The Interplay of the Cosmopolitan and the Vernacular”, Gupta, S. and Sudarsan. P (eds.) Politics in the Global Age: Critical Reflections on Sovereignty, Citizenship, Territory and Nationalism, New Delhi: Routledge (Forthcoming December 2013)
  • “Unity in Diversity – Indian Cosmopolitan Idea” in Routledge Handbook of Cosmopolitanism, (ed.) Gerard Delanty, London: Routledge (May 2012)
  • “Lincolnian and Gandhian Images of Justice”, Abraham Lincoln Without Borders: Lincoln’s Legacy Outside the United States, Eds. Jyotirmaya Tripathy, Sura P. Rath and William D. Pederson, Pencraft International, New Delhi, 2010. pp. 78-94.
  • Josephine, A. and Sudarsan, P. “Rawlsian Perspective on Equity in Indian Education,” in Equity and Education in India: Policy, Issues and Challenges, Ed. D. Parimala, New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers, 2010. pp. 205-222.
  • “Civil Society in Indian Culture: Its Presuppositions, Problems, and Projects,” The Enworlded Subjectivity: Its Three Worlds and Beyond, Ed. R. Balasubramanian, Ed. Volume in Series: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (PHIPSPC), Center for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi, India. Pp. 87-139. (March 2006)

ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA, Eds. Huping Ling and Allan W. Austin, M.E. Sharpe, New York (November 2009)

Indian Americans and Political Empowerment
Indian American Press
Indian American Religious Movements

Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Ed. Yudit Greenberg, ABC-CLIO, California (2008)

On Medieval Islamic Philosophy
On Sexual Pleasure in Islam

  • Tripathy, J. and Sudarsan, P. (eds) Democratization and Cultural Diversity: Contestation and Consensus, Routledge, 2013.
  • Gupta, S. and Sudarsan, P. (eds) Politics in the Global Age: Critical Reflections on Sovereignty, Citizenship, Territory and Nationalism, Routledge, 2014
  • Sudarsan P and Arvind Sivaramakrishnan (eds) Indian Democracy : Contradictions and Reconciliations, Sage Publishing, 2020.