Research Interest: Arts and Humanities Akeel Bilgrami got a first degree in English Literature from Bombay University but defected to philosophy because he found the former too hard. He has a Ph. Professor Bilgrami has two relatively independent sets of intellectual interests--in the Philosophy of Mind and Language, and in Political Philosophy and Moral Psychology especially as they surface in politics, political economy, history, and culture. In the former, he has published a book in called Belief and Meaning Blackwell and another book published in called Self Knowledge and Resentment Harvard University Press. He is presently working on a book on the relations between agency and practical reason. He is contracted to publish two small books in the very near future, one called What is a Muslim?
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Some of his articles in these latter subjects speak to issues of current politics in their relation to broader social and cultural issues. He has also increasingly joined debates in the pages of larger-circulation periodicals such as The New York Review of Books and The Nation.
He has two upcoming books, "What is a Muslim? Bilgrami is currently the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Akeel Bilgrami [ born ] is an Indian-born philosopher of language and of mind, and the author of Belief and Meaning, Self-Knowledge and Resentment, and Politics and the Moral Psychology of Identity forthcoming , as well as various articles in Philosophy of Mind as well as in Political and Moral Psychology. Bilgrami received a degree in English Literature from Bombay University before switching to philosophy.
He earned his Ph. He was supervised by Davidson while at Chicago. Bilgrami is a secularist and an atheist who advocates an understanding of the community-oriented dimension of religion. For Bilgrami spiritual yearnings are not only understandable but also supremely human. He has argued in many essays that in our modern world, "religion is not primarily a matter of belief and doctrine but about the sense of community and shared values it provides in contexts where other forms of solidarity—such as a strong labor movement—are missing.
See all: Convergences: Inventories of the Present Bringing clarity to a subject clouded by polemic, Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment is a rigorous exploration of how secularism and identity emerged as concepts in different parts of the modern world. At a time when secularist and religious worldviews appear irreconcilable, Akeel Bilgrami strikes out on a path distinctly his own, criticizing secularist proponents and detractors, liberal universalists and multicultural relativists alike. Those who ground secularism in arguments that aspire to universal reach, Bilgrami argues, fundamentally misunderstand the nature of politics. To those, by contrast, who regard secularism as a mere outgrowth of colonial domination, he offers the possibility of a more conceptually vernacular ground for political secularism. He elaborates a notion of enchantment along metaphysical, ethical, and political lines with a view to finding in secular modernity a locus of meaning and value, while addressing squarely the anxiety that all such notions hark back nostalgically to a time that has past. Buy Elsewhere.
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He has a Ph. Professor Bilgrami has two relatively independent sets of intellectual interests--in the Philosophy of Mind and Language, and in Political Philosophy and Moral Psychology especially as they surface in politics, political economy, history, and culture. In the former, he has published a book in called Belief and Meaning Blackwell and another book published in called Self Knowledge and Resentment Harvard University Press. He is presently working on a book on the relations between value, agency, and practical reason. He is contracted to publish two small books in the very near future, one called What is a Muslim? He teaches courses and seminars regularly in the department on Philosophy of Mind and Language as well as Moral Psychology, Meta-Ethics, and Political Philosophy; he also teaches seminars in the Committee on Global Thought, the Religion Department, and in Political Science, on politics and rationality as well as on a range of issues from questions of secularism and identity to the effects of globalization on politics and political thought.
Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment
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