Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

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Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, FBA is the Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Lancaster University.[1] His research focuses on Indian religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism – and comparative phenomenology, epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of religion. His studies include the conceptual roots of contemporary beliefs, politics and conflict in religious context, and the religious identities of South Asian diaspora in the United Kingdom.[1] He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017.[2]


Ram-prasad is an alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Institute, and earned a masters and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford.[3]

Career and Work[edit]

Ram-prasad is the Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the Lancaster University. He is also the Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and a member of the Academic Advisory Council at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. He has been a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4's Beyond Belief and Sunday Programme in the United Kingdom.[4]

Ram-prasad has published eight books and some fifty peer-reviewed articles on Indian religions, comparative religions (Hindu-Christian, Buddhism in India and China), contemporary Indian politics and religion, multiculturalism and British society, and comparative political philosophy.[5] His studies have included religious literature in Sanskrit, Pali and Tamil.[2]

In a review of Ram-prasad's award-winning book Divine Self, Human Self based on the Bhagavad Gita, the Cambridge University scholar Ankur Barua states, "Ram-Prasad skilfully engages Śaṁkara and Rāmānuja in conversations over classical Vedantic themes of selfhood, being, and agency" to exegetically and hermeneutically explain how these two influential Hindu scholars interpreted the same text to reach two views of Self (Atman) in Hindu philosophy.[6]


His book "Divine Self, Human Self" was the winner of the Best Book 2011-15, by the Society for Hindu Christian Studies.

In July 2017, Ram-Prasad was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[7]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Knowledge and Liberation in Classical Indian Thought (Palgrave, 2001), ISBN 978-1-4039-1373-9
  • Advaita Epistemology and Metaphysics: An outline of Indian non-realism (Routledge, 2002), ISBN 978-1-3150-2939-9
  • Eastern Philosophy (Wiedenfield and Nicholson, 2005)
  • Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi (2013). Divine self, human self : the philosophy of being in two Gita commentaries. Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1441176813.
  • Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi (2007). Indian philosophy and the consequences of knowledge : themes in ethics, metaphysics and soteriology. Aldershot, England. ISBN 9780754686767.
  • Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi (2006). India : life, myth and art. Duncan Baird. ISBN 1844832872., which has been translated into French, Polish and Finnish
  • Irina Kuznetsova; Jonardon Ganeri; Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (2016). Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogue: Self and No-Self. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-12193-0.
Journal articles and chapters
  • Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi (1995). "A Classical Indian Philosophical Perspective on Ageing and the Meaning of Life". Ageing and Society. Cambridge University Press. 15 (1): 1–36. doi:10.1017/s0144686x00002105.
  • Ram-Prasad, C. (2000). "Knowledge and Action I: Means to the Human End in Bhātta Mīmāmsā and Advaita Vedānta". Journal of Indian Philosophy. Springer Nature. 28 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1023/a:1004744313963.
  • Ram-Prasad, C. (2000). "Knowledge and Action II: Means to the Human End in Bhātta Mīmāmsā and Advaita Vedānta". Journal of Indian Philosophy. Springer Nature. 28 (1): 25–41. doi:10.1023/a:1004776719414.
  • Ram-Prasad, C. (2000). "Hindu Nationalism and the International Relations of India". Religion and International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 140–197. doi:10.1057/9781403916594_7. ISBN 978-1-349-27846-6.


  1. ^ a b "Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Politics, Philosophy & Religion". Lancaster University. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  2. ^ a b Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad FBA, The British Academy, UK (2018)
  3. ^ "Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Politics, Philosophy & Religion". Lancaster University. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  4. ^ Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Bloomsbury Academic, UK
  5. ^ "Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Politics, Philosophy & Religion". Lancaster University. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  6. ^ Barua, Ankur (2016). "Book Review:Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries". Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies. Butler University. 29 (1): 79–81. doi:10.7825/2164-6279.1638.
  7. ^ "Elections to the British Academy celebrate the diversity of UK research". British Academy. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.

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