Event on Ethan Mills’ “Three Pillars of Skepticism in Classical Indian Philosophy”

Readers who are in Singapore may be interested in an upcoming book discussion hosted by the Bras Basah Open and Yale-NUS College, on Thursday, 7 March 2019 from 20:00-22:00 UTC+08. From the Facebook Event description:

Copy of register at youthnetworkcon2019.comThis is a discussion on skepticism about philosophy in late Classical India, with reference to Ethan Mill’s work Three Pillars of Skepticism in Classical India: Nāgārjuna, Jayarāśi, and Śrī Harṣa (Rowman, 2018). Through a study of the “three pillars” of Indian skepticism near the beginning, middle, and end of the classical era: Nāgārjuna (c. 150-200 CE), Jayarāśi (c. 770-830 CE), and Śrī Harṣa (c. 1125-1180 CE), the book argues that there is a category of skepticism often overlooked by philosophers today, that is, skepticism about philosophy. This book will show how late classical Indian philosophical discourses can illuminate understandings of the limits and value of philosophy today.

This discussion will be led and moderated by Farhan Idris and Malcolm Keating. Farhan Idris will outline the arguments in the book, and elaborate on the theme ‘skepticism about philosophy’. Malcolm Keating will be providing us with the philosophical contexts of skepticism in classical Indian philosophy. They will then engage Ethan Mills, who will be present via teleconference, about his book. Participants will be able to pose questions and engage with the author during the session. Readings (selected chapters) will be provided by email after registration.

Please register here to receive the readings: https://brasbasahopen.typeform.com/to/cOB7Kx

7th March (Thurs), 8-10pm, Yale-NUS College, Classroom 18 (Cendana), Ground Floor

For readers outside of Singapore, we will try (technology willing!) to record the conversation via Skype so that it can be available after the event.


About Malcolm Keating

Malcolm Keating is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Humanities Division at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

5 Replies to “Event on Ethan Mills’ “Three Pillars of Skepticism in Classical Indian Philosophy””

  1. As happens often these days, I’m hoping Ethan’s book (which I anticipate with relish reading) comes out in paperback or that I will be able to find a used and far cheaper copy online someday. And of course the organized discussion looks wonderful … a proper way to introduce and honor the work and its author.

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