Malcolm Keating

Humanities (Philosophy)

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor Malcolm Keating completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, St Louis.

Asst Prof Keating’s research is centred on Indian philosophy, in particular Mīmāṃsā and other orthoprax Indian traditions. His focus is on the philosophy of language and related topics such as epistemology and logic. He is concerned with how hearers interpret non-literal speech acts, the epistemic status of testimony, and the relationship between inferential and interpretive principles. His work seeks to cross cultural and disciplinary boundaries, drawing on both Sanskrit and Anglophone philosophy, and engaging with philosophical, aesthetic, and grammatical traditions in India.

Keating, M. 2020. Controversial Reasoning in Indian Philosophy: Major Texts and Arguments on Arthâpatti. London: Bloomsbury.

Keating, M. 2019. “Metaphor or Delusion? A Mīmāṃsaka’s Response to Conceptual Metaphor Theory.” Philosophy East and West. doi: 10.1353/pew.0.0172

Keating, M. 2019. Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Mukula’s “Fundamentals of the Communicative Function”  London: Bloomsbury.

Keating, M. 2017. ‘(Close) the Door, the King (is Going): The Development of Elliptical Resolution in Bhāṭṭa Mīmāṃsā,’ Journal of Indian Philosophy 45:5, 911-938.

Keating, M. 2017. ‘Metonymy and Metaphor as Verbal Postulation: The Epistemic Status of Non-Literal Speech in Indian Philosophy,’ Journal of World Philosophies, 2:1.

Keating, M. and Freschi, E. 2017. ‘How Do We Gather Knowledge through Language?’Journal of World Philosophies, 2:1.

Keating, M. 2015. ‘Thinking about Embedded Metaphors,’ Journal of Pragmatics, 88, 19-26.

Keating, M. 2013. ‘The Cow is to Be Tied Up: Sort-Shifting in Classical Indian Philosophy.’ History of Philosophy Quarterly. 30:4, 331-332.

Keating, M. 2013. ‘Mukulabhaṭṭa’s Defense of Lakṣaṇā: How We Use Words to Mean Something Else, but Not Everything Else.’ Journal of Indian Philosophy. 41:4, 439-461.

Doing Things with Words
Philosophy and Political Thought
Classical Indian Philosophy of Language
Analogical Reasoning and Metaphor
Classical Indian Philosophy
Hinduism, Nationalism, and the Bhagavad Gita in the 20th century (Historical Immersion)