Connecting philosophy, Sanskrit, and the modern world.
Malcolm Keating is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. An inveterate podcast listener and unabashed philosophy & Sanskrit nerd, he’s decided to combine his two loves into this podcast. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied both philosophy and Sanskrit. He’s the author of a book about theories of communication in Indian philosophy, Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy, and numerous scholarly articles.
Sutras & Stuff began in February 2020, just before the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic prompted everyone to stay inside, bake bread, and make podcasts. Malcolm was on research leave from Yale-NUS College and kept thinking about connections between his work and the contemporary world. He began Season 1 with no particular plan other than to tell short stories about interesting bits of Indian philosophy written in Sanskrit and how they relate to ordinary life, politics, popular culture, and technology. Episode 1: Threads compared the sutra style of Indian thought to Twitter, and, from then on, he was hooked.
Want to Learn More?
Here’s another, more systematic, podcast about Indian philosophy:
If you want to pick up some books, try:
- J.N. Mohanty, Classical Indian Philosophy
- Jonardon Ganeri, Philosophy in Classical India
- Richard King, Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought
For online resources, try: