By Rolf Scott
The Egalitarian Projects is strongly represented in Mangalore, India at the Manipal Centre for philosophy and humanities (MCPH), and through its director and head of research, Professor Sundar Sarukkai who is also on our advisory board.
Professor Sundar Sarukkai
Professor Sarukkai (PhD, Purdue University, USA) was a faculty member at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore from 1994-2009, before moving to Manipal to set up the MCPH. His area of research is primarily in the philosophy of science and mathematics, and draws on both Indian and Western philosophies. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru), as well as co-editor of three volumes on logic.
He is further an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Leonardo Book Series on science and art, which is published by MIT Press, USA and the Series Editor for Science and Technology Studies, by Routledge books.
Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities
However, professor Sarukkai is also working actively towards understanding how technologies challenges the notion of egalitarianism. In a workshop in 2014 on the Social Justice in an Internet-mediated World’ he examines the function of the Internet in relationship to social justice frameworks.
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The MCPH is also the host of 5 phd fellowships working on issues on Egalitarianism for the project and coordinated by our post-doctor Dinesan Vadakkiniyil.
India is going through dramatic changes as an emergent global power. In light of its focus on technological innovation and implementation, as well as its complex religious issues India stands out as a highly interesting “laboratory” for egalitarian forms, and which also challenges common notions on equality and inequality.
As such, India is highly important for understanding aspects of the new global order.