J Y Pillay Fellow
Dr 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.
Dr 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.
“(Close) the Door, the King (is Going): The Development of Elliptical Resolution in Bhāṭṭa Mīmāṃsā”, Journal of Indian Philosophy 45:5, 911-938.
“Metonymy and Metaphor as Verbal Postulation: The Epistemic Status of Non-Literal Speech in Indian Philosophy”, Journal of World Philosophies, 2:1 (Summer 2017).
“How Do We Gather Knowledge through Language?” with Elisa Freschi, Journal of World Philosophies, 2:1 (Summer 2017).
“Epistemology (Pramāṇas)” with Matthew R. Dasti, Oxford Bibliographies Online, Hinduism.
Keating, M. Thinking about Embedded Metaphors, Journal of Pragmatics, 88, 19-26.
Keating, M. The Cow is to Be Tied Up: Sort-Shifting in Classical Indian Philosophy. History of Philosophy Quarterly. 30:4, pp.331-332.
Keating, M. Mukulabhaṭṭa’s Defense of Lakṣaṇā: How We Use Words to Mean Something Else, but Not Everything Else. Journal of Indian Philosophy. 41:4, pp.439-461.
Philosophy and Political Thought
Classical Indian Philosophy of Language
Analogical Reasoning and Metaphor
Doing Things with Words