Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University

Department of Philosophy


Last updated Jan 4, 2017

Brahmachari Ayon Maharaj

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Department Head
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2009

Ayon Maharaj’s current research focuses on cross-cultural philosophy, philosophy of religion, German philosophy, Indian philosophy, Indian scriptural hermeneutics, and the philosophies of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, and Sri Aurobindo. He has published numerous articles on Indian and German philosophy in international journals such as Philosophy East and West, Journal of Indian Philosophy, Journal of Religion, International Journal of Hindu Studies, Sophia, and Journal of the History of Ideas. He is also the author of the book, The Dialectics of Aesthetic Agency: Revaluating German Aesthetics from Kant to Adorno (London: Bloomsbury, 2013). He is currently working on a second book project, tentatively titled “God’s Infinitude: Sri Ramakrishna and Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion.” For a full list of his publications, please visit his academic website.

Harold Sjursen

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., New School for Social Research

Harold Sjursen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Global Ethics at New York University, will teach at Vivekananda University for one semester per academic year and also supervise student theses. He studied with Hannah Arendt and Hans Jonas and is completing a book on the philosophy of Hans Jonas. His current research focuses on global philosophy, Chinese philosophy, history of philosophy, global ethics, and the philosophy of science and technology. For more details, please visit his academic website.

At present, the Department of Philosophy has these two faculty members, but we plan to recruit more faculty in the near future.