Professor of Philosophy
Contact & Office Hours
Monday, 2:40-4 p.m.
Thursday, 2:30-3:30 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 has been a faculty member of the philosophy department at Smith College for more than 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. She has also published articles in aesthetics and the philosophy of mind and language.
Bhushan is currently at work on several projects, including a book on the history of Indian philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries; 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, Bhushan is currently the director of the South Asia concentration at Smith.
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.
Co-editor, Of Minds and Molecules: New Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry. Oxford University Press, 2000.