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Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Heeraman Tiwari

13. Mai. 2011

Heeraman Tiwari is the second person to be appointed to the Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History. The Indian philosopher and historian researches on Indian Philosophy of Language as well as India’s Intellectual History from the ancient to the medieval period.

Educated at Lucknow University (MA), Delhi University (MPhil & PhD) and Oxford University (DPhil), Heeraman Tiwari most recently served as a Senior Assistant Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His area of interest and research include Indian philosophy of grammar, language, logic, metaphysics and the intellectual history of Sanskrit literary traditions. Three of his publications are "One and Many: Early Naiyāyikas and the Problem of Universals", "The Six Systems of Indian Philosophy of F. Max Muller" (Abridged, Edited and Introduction, 2004), and "Logical and Ethical Issues: An Essay on the Indian Philosophy of Religion of B.K. Matilal" (Edited and Introduction, 2004). At present, he is completing two monographs on "Textures of Meaning: An Essay on the Classical Indian Theories of Forms and Universals" (tentative title) and "Literature, Memory and Tradition" (preliminary title). Prof. Tiwari will organise two seminars and has its office at Heidelberg University's South Asia Institute.

The Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History is the first professorship in Germany awarded by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations - the country's highest-ranking institution for the promotion of international cultural exchanges. The chair is integrated into the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” as well as into the South Asia Institute at the Ruperto Carola. The first holder of the Heinrich Zimmer Chair was Prof. Dhruv Raina. His inaugural lecture was attended by about 200 persons including India's Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Sudhir Vyas, and live streamed around the globe. The chair is named after Heinrich Zimmer, who was a Professor of Indian Philosophy in Heidelberg until 1938 when he was forced to leave the university by the National Socialists.


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