New York University Professor Wins Prestigious Humanities Award

PALO ALTO, CA, Nov. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) today announced Jonardon Ganeri, Professor of Philosophy at New York University, as the winner of Infosys Prize 2015 in Humanities category. The jury panel, headed by Harvard professor and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, awarded Ganeri for his outstanding scholarship and originality in interpreting and scrutinizing analytical Indian Philosophy and shedding light on shared ground as well as the dichotomy between Indian and Greek traditions of philosophical reasoning.

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Of the many classical philosophical traditions in the world, Indian Philosophy stands shoulder to shoulder with the Greek and Chinese traditions in its richness, and Ganeri is the most knowledgeable scholar and interpreter of analytical Indian Philosophy today. He has also brought out the distinction between Indian and Greek traditions of syllogistic reasoning, thereby illuminating both for future generations to enjoy.

Mr. S. D. Shibulal, President, Board of Trustees, Infosys Science Foundation said, "We have seen a decade of great innovations and advancements in science and research, many of which have translated into growth and progress for societies around the world. The Infosys Science Foundation has contributed to this exciting journey through the Infosys Prize - an annual award that honors outstanding scientists and academics. In highlighting their achievements in research, we celebrate the excellent contribution of these remarkable individuals."

"Everyone of our winners has inspired the scientific community and exposed young researchers and students to the joys of scientific enquiry. The jury chairs of each panel evaluate the work of the winners against the backdrop of the best international research, placing the winners at par with the finest researchers the world over."

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, is the Jury Chair for the Humanities category. Congratulating the winner, Prof. Sen said, "It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Jonardan Ganeri for his major contributions to Indian analytical philosophy, which stands shoulder to shoulder with other analytical traditions like the Greek and the Chinese. But they have often been neglected, partly because of an excessive focus on the religious and mystical aspects of Indian Philosophy. Jonardan Ganeri and his teacher Prof. Bimal Matilal have done an enormous amount of work to bring that heritage to us to make it fresh and a lively part of the Indian intellectual thinking today. I congratulate him with the warmest possible words."

The Infosys Prize, now in its seventh year, recognizes outstanding performance and contribution across six categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. This is the first year that the Humanities prize is going to a philosopher. The Infosys Prize jury panels are comprised of experts from around the world and benchmarks the work of winners against the best work in the field, globally.

About Professor Jonardon Ganeri  

Ganeri is a published author and the Global Network Visiting, Professor of Philosophy, New York University and Recurrent Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, King's College London, UK. He specializes in consciousness, self, attention, rationality, metaphysics, epistemology, and theory of meaning, as well as on the idea of philosophy as a practice and its relationship with literature.

About the Infosys Science Foundation 

The Infosys Prize is awarded under the aegis of the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust instituted in February 2009. The Infosys Science Foundation is funded by a corpus which today stands at over INR 1.3 billion (USD 20 million), contributed by the former Board of Directors and senior management at Infosys.

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