|INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION & RESEARCH, MOHALI|
Visiting Professor (History & Philosophy of Science)
Knowledge city, Sector 81, SAS Nagar,
Manauli PO 140306
I work in the general space where history and philosophy of modern science meet – and often conflict with – with history and philosophy of Indian sciences and religions.
My doctoral dissertation in Science and Technology Studies was a defense of objectivity and universality of modern scientific knowledge against postmodernist critics who view all knowledge as a social construct of power and ideology. This thesis was later published as a book, Prophets Facing Backwards: Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in India (Rutgers University Press, 2004).
I have published original historical research on the reception and reinterpretation of Darwinism by modern Hindu reformers in the 19th century India. In addition, I have examined the influence of Theosophy on modern Hindu interpretation of the Vedic worldview as “scientific.”
I am currently at work on a social and intellectual history of the idea of “scientific temper” as it is understood in the Indian context.