Juan Arnau

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Juan Arnau
Juan Arnau.
Native name Juan María Arnau Navarro
Born (1968-04-28) April 28, 1968 (age 48)
 Spain, Valencia
Occupation Writer, teacher
Nationality Spanish
Genre Eastern philosophies and religions

Juan Arnau (Valencia, April 28, 1968), Spanish philosopher and essayist, a specialist in Eastern philosophies and religions.


After a few years working as a sailor and several trips to Africa, Juan Arnau studied Astrophysics at the Complutense University of Madrid, where he graduated in 1994.

He traveled to India in 1995, with a fellwship from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) and at the University of Varanasi (Banaras Hindu University, BHU), began his studies of Indian philosophy and culture with the Catalan Sanskritist Oscar Pujol.

From India he went to Mexico, where he did his PhD at the Centre for Asian and African Studies at El Colegio de México, studying Sanskrit with Rashik Vihari Joshi.

After its completion he was established in Ann Arbor (Michigan), where he remained six years, making his postdoctoral research in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of Michigan, with Luis Ó. Gomez, meanwhile he was teaching Spanish and Latin American Literature and Cinema in the Department of Romance Languages.

Currently a researcher at the Institute of History of Medicine and Science López Piñero (CSIC-University of Valencia) and associate professor at the University of Barcelona.[1]


Critical editions[edit]

Juan Arnau has made critical editions, translated directly from Sanskrit philosophical treatises of Nāgārjuna:

  • Fundamentos de la vía media (2004). (Fundamentals of the Middle Way). Direct translation from Sanskrit. Madrid: Siruela. ISBN 9788478447626.
  • Abandono de la discusión (2006). (Leaving discussion). Direct translation from Sanskrit. Madrid: Siruela. ISBN 9788478442478.

He has translated the Bhagavad Gita:

He has also translated:

Works of the author[edit]

Among his published essays are the following titles:

  • El Mulamadhyamakakarikah de Nagarjuna: la vacuidad como medio hábil (2002). Tesis doctoral. Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios de Asia y África.
  • Actualidad del pensamiento de Nagarjuna (2005). Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios de Asia y África.
  • La palabra frente al vacío. Filosofía de Nagarjuna (2005). (Language against Emptiness. Philosophy of Nagarjuna). México D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica. ISBN 9789681675172.
  • Antropología del budismo (2007). (Anthropology of Buddhism). Barcelona: Kairós. ISBN 978-84-7245-645-7.
  • Arte de probar. Ironía y lógica en India antigua (2008). (Art of proving. Irony and logic in ancient India). Madrid: Fondo de Cultura Económica. ISBN 978-84-375-0621-0.
  • Rendir el sentido. Filosofía y traducción (2008). (Rendering sense. Philosophy and translation). Valencia: Pre-Textos. ISBN 978-84-8191-865-6.
  • Elogio del asombro. Conversaciones con Agustín Andreu (2010). (Praise of amazement. Conversations with Agustin Andreu). Valencia: Pre-Textos. ISBN 978-84-92913-18-3.
  • Vasubandhu / Berkeley (2011). With Carlos Mellizo. Valencia: Pre-Textos. ISBN 978-84-15297-00-0.
  • Leyenda de Buda (2011). (Legend of the Buddha). Alianza. ISBN 9788420652795.
  • Cosmologías de India. Védica, samkhya y budista (2012). (Cosmologies of India. Vedic Samkhya and Buddhist). Fondo de Cultura Económica. ISBN 978-6071-610003.
  • El cristal Spinoza (2012). (The Crystal Spinoza). Pre-Textos. ISBN 9788415297871.
  • La medicina india. Según las fuentes del Ayurveda (2013). Kairós. ISBN 9788499883021.
  • Manual de filosofía portátil (2014). Atalanta. ISBN 978-84-940941-9-4.
  • El efecto Berkeley (2015). Valencia: Pre-Textos. ISBN 978-84-15894-93-3.
  • La invención de la libertad (2016). Atalanta. ISBN 978-84-943770-7-5.


  • XXXIV Premio de la Crítica Literaria Valenciana for his work Manual de filosofía portátil (Ediciones Atalanta, 2014).[2]


  1. ^ "Entrevista a Juan Arnau". yogaenred. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ CLAVE. "Acta ganadores XXXIV Premios de la Crítica Literaria Valenciana". Retrieved 15 April 2015. 

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