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Fr George Karuvelil SJ


Fr George Karuvelil SJ
Date of birth : 21-09-1954

  • 1979-81 : B. A. (Bachelor of Arts, University of Ranchi, Bihar).
  • 1981-83 : B. Ph. (Bachelor of Philosophy, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune)
  • 1984-86 : M. A. (Master of Arts in Philosophy, University of Poona, Pune)
  • 1986-89 : B. Th. (Bachelor of Theology, Vidyajyoti, Delhi)
  • 1990-92 : M. Phil. (Master of Philosophy, University of Delhi, Delhi)
  • 1992-96 : Ph. D. (University of Delhi, Delhi)

  • 1996 : Faculty of Philosophy, Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.
  • 2002 : Jeevalaya Institute of Philosophy, Bangalore (visiting)
  • 2008 : Dharmaram Vidyakshetram, Bangalore (visiting)

Edited Book : Romancing the Sacred? Towards an Indian Christian Philosophy of Religion (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2007)

Articles (chronological) :

  1. “Knowledge and Religious Consciousness,” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (JICPR), September 1993.
  2. “Epistemic Justification and the Possibility of Empirical Evidence,” JICPR, September 1994.
  3. “Flew’s Challenge: Logic to Universal Semantics,” The Journal of Religious Studies, Autumn 1994.
  4. “Some Problems in the Epistemology of Religion,” Job Kozhamthadom (ed.), Interrelations and Interpretation, (New Delhi: Intercultural Publications, 1997
  5. “Hierarchy, Equality, and Liberation: Some Reflections on Indian Culture,” Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies, July 1999.
  6. “Re-Visioning Epistemology,” JICPR, September, 1999.
  7. “Constructing God: A Contemporary Interpretation of Religion” The Heythrop Journal, January 2000.
  8. “Gandhi on Religion in Public Life,” Kuruvilla Pandikattu (ed.) Gandhi: the Meaning of the Mahatma for the Millennium, Washington D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2001.
  9. “What Happened to Human Longings? A Reading of the History of Western Epistemology,” Disputatio philosophica: International Journal on Philosophy and Religion, no. 3. 2001.
  10. “Radical Hermeneutics or Pre-hermeneutic Nostalgia? A Critique of John Caputo’s Philosophy of Religion,” Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies, 5.1 January 2002.
  11. “Science-Religion Dialogue: The Cognitive Issues,” in Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection, November, 2004.
  12. “Reflective Equilibrium,” in Johnson Puthenpurackal (ed.), Philosophical Methods: Through the Prevalent to the Relevant, Bangalore: ATC, 2004.
  13.  “The Irrelevance of Subaltern Studies in India,” in George Thadathil (ed.), Subaltern Perspectives: Philosophizing in the Indian Context, Bangalore: ATC, 2005.
  14. “Rationality of Mysticism: A Methodological Proposal,” in Journal of Dharma, Vol.30, 4 (October-December, 2005).
  15.  “The Contemporary Ecological Crisis: Tracing its Emergence,” Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies, 9:1 (January, 2006)
  16.  “Love and God-Talk,” Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection 70, no. 5 (2006): 326-41.
  17. “Religious Pluralism: A Philosophical Critique,” in Johnson Puthenpurackal (ed.), Pluralism of Pluralism: A Pluralistic Probe into Philosophizing, Bangalore: ATC, 2006.
  18. “Metatheology: Mediating Christianity in the Contemporary World,” in La Filosofia Como Mediacion, edited by Philippe Capelle, 115-21. Mexico: COMUICAP and Univeridad Iberoamericana, 2007.
  19. Religious Experience and the Problem of Access.” In Romancing the Sacred? Towards an Indian Christian Philosophy of Religion, edited by George Karuvelil. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2007.
  20. “Thomistic Philosophy of Perception.” In Pratyaksha Prama, edited by Goswami Shyam Manohar and Goswami Sharad, 232-46. Mandvi, Kach: Sri Vallabhacharya Trust, 2007.
  21. “Religious Life in the Light of Deus Caritas.” Asian Journal for Priests & Religious 53, no. 6 (2008): 617-28.
  22. “Transcendence-Immanence: An Essay in the Hermeneutics of Religion and Culture,” in Culture as a Gift and a Task: Philosophical Reflections in the Indian Context, edited by Keith  D’Souza. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2008.
  23. “Missing the Wood for the Tress.” The Heythrop Journal L (2009): 31-43.
  24. Multiculturalism and Postmodernism. In Hermeneutics: Multicultural Perspectives, edited by E. P. Mathew. Chennai: Satya Nilayam Publications, 2009.
  25.  The following articles in ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by J. Puthenpurackal. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2010: “Experience”, “Epistemology (Western)”, “Secularism”.
  26. Wrote the following lessons for the B.A. (Philosophy) program of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU): “Naturalized Epistemology and the H-D Method”, “Epistemology: Critical Appraisal and Synthesis” 2010.
  27. Wrote the following lessons for the M.A. (Philosophy) program of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU): “Semantic Holism and Radical Interpretation”, “Epistemic Holism and Theory-laden Observations”, “Popperian Method and Naturalized Epistemology”, “Perception Naturalized”, “Introduction to Atheism/A-theism” (2011-12).
  28. Religious Pluralists: What are They Upto? Journal of Dharma 35 (1):3-22,  2010
  29. Mysticism, Language and Truth. Journal of Dharma 35 (3):259-275, 2010.
  30. Religious Experience: Reframing the Question. Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy 16 (1):139-155, 2011.
  31. Absolutism to Ultimacy: Rhetoric and Reality of Religious “Pluralism”. Theological Studies 73 (1):55-81, 2012.
  32. Science of Religion and Theology: An Existential Approach. Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science 47 (2):415-437, 2012.
  33. The Vision of Fullness in Natural Mysticism. In Human and Cosmic Fullness: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited by M. Doss and A. Vonach. Innsbruck: iup – Conference Series, 2012.
  34. Philosophy and Theology. Divyadaan: Journal of Philosophy and Education 24 (2):217-238, 2013.
  35. Indian Secularism and Hinduism. Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection 78, no. 1 (2014): 8-25
  36. Christian Faith, Philosophy, and Culture: The Triumphs and Failures of Wisdom. Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies 17, no. 1 (2014): 101-18
  37. Editorial and Afterward to the Jnanadeepa issue on “Faith, Reason, and Wisdom” (January 2014)

Conferences, Presentations :

  1. “Models of Theology in the Asian Context”, Paper presented at a Seminar on Mission in Asia in the third Millennium, Models for Integral Human Liberation conducted at Yogyakarta, Indonesia in April, 1999.
  2. “Mediation as Metatheology”, Paper presented at the Second World Conference of COMUICAP, in Mexico, September, 2004.
  3. “Thomistic Theory of Perception”, Paper presented at a Seminar on Perception jointly organized by Sri Vallabha Trust and the University of Poona at Pune, in 2003.
  4. Presented a paper on “Love and God-Talk” in a Seminar on God-Talk: Contemporary Trends and Trials held at Dharmaram Vidyakhetram, Bangalore in November, 2005
  5. Presents papers regularly at the Annual Meetings of the ACPI, and are published in its proceedings.
  6. Participated in the ICPR National Seminar on Dialogue and Debates: Engaging with Philosophical Hermeneutics, held at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, in February 2007 and presented a paper “Hermeneutics and Epistemology: the Case of Perception”.
  7. Participated in the International National Seminar on Truth, Interpretation and Language: Critiques and Reconstructions, held at the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai in March 2007 and presented a paper “A Case of Hermeneutic Explanation”.
  8. Participated in the joint JDV-Innsbruck conference in May 2007 and presented a paper on “Missing the Woods for the Trees: A Critique of Proudfoot’s Philosophy of religious experience”
  9. Participated in the joint JDV-Innsbruck conference in September 2009 and presented a paper on “The Vision of Fullness in Natural Mysticism”.
  1. Participated in the joint JDV-SN Inter-faculty Seminar on “Relevance of Religion in Contemporary India” and presented a paper on “Indian Secularism and the Myth of Hinduism” (October, 2011).
  2. Gave keynote address “Science, Philosophy and Theology” to the National Conference on Philosophy and Religion: Appraisals and Reconstructions held at Sophia College, Mumbai, 18-19th December 2012.
  1. Participated in the joint JDV-Innsbruck conference in September 2012 and presented a paper on “Snobocracy, Mobocracy, and Democracy”.
  2. Participated in a Seminar organized by JDV on “Faith, Reason, and Wisdom” and presented a paper on “Faith, Philosophy, and Culture” (October 2013).
  3. Made a presentation, “Towards a Philosophy of Christian Faith” to the teaching staff of JDV (September, 2014)
  4. Made a presentation, “Dharma of Jesus: Exploring its philosophical foundations” in the seminar organized by JDV on “Dharma of Jesus” (October 2014)
  5. Participated in the Annual Conference of ACPI and presented a paper “The Necessity of Symbols in Religion: An Analytic Perspective” (October 2014)

Others :

  • 1992-95: Junior Research Fellow, Indian Council of Philosophical Research.
  • 1991—: Member, Association of Christian Philosophers of India.
  • 2000-01: Lonergan Fellow, Lonergan Centre, Boston College, USA.
  • 2003-09: Member of the Executive Committee, Association of Christian Philosophers of India.
  • 2009-10: International Visiting Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
  • 2013—: Chief Editor, Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies

Served and serves Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) in various capacities as Head of the Department of Systematic Philosophy, Co-ordinator of the M.Ph. Program; Member of various committees like the Executive Committee, Doctoral Committee etc. and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (since 2006-09); Member of the Jnana-Deepa Trust from 1998-2008.