Prof. Dr. Babu Thaliath


Address: Centre of German Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110 067, India

Tel: 0091-9910657026, 0091-(0)11-26742207
Email:
babu.thaliath9@gmail.com, bthaliath@mail.jnu.ac.in

Current Positions

2013 –               Professor and Chairperson in Centre of German Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 

Positions held

2010 – 2013      Visiting Scholar (Postdoc) at St Edmund’s College and at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2007 – 2014      Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Theoretical Philosophy at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany   

2007                 Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Education

2003                 Ph. D. (Philosophy), Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

1994                 M. A. (German Literature), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

1988                 B. Tech. (Civil Engineering), College of Engineering Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India

Colloquia

1998 – 2003      Postgraduate Colloquia (Subject: Bild und Bildlichkeit) under Prof. Dr. Gottfried Boehm at the Faculty of Art History, University of Basel.

1999 – 2002      Postgraduate Colloquia under Prof. Dr. Klaus Jacobi at the Faculty of Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg i. Br.

1999/2000         Postgraduate Colloquium under Prof. Dr. Oswald Schwemmer and Prof. Dr. John  Michael Krois at the Institute for Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin

Research Interests

Epistemology, History and Philosophy of Science, Early Modern Mechanical Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics,
Theory of Perception, Modern Philosophy (
Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Condillac, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Cohen, Cassirer, Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Lévinas,  Ricoeur, Merleau-Ponty), Late Medieval Scholasticism (Thomas, Scotus, Ockham, Olivi), Film Theory

Scholarships and Fellowships

01/05/2016 – 30/09/2016: Fellow in International Kolleg Morphomata at the University of Cologne, Germany.

05/06 2014 & 12/2009 – 08/2012: Research Scholarship (Forschungsstipendium) from Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany, for the postdoctoral research in Cambridge/Berlin.

05 – 08/2007: Research Scholarship from KAAD (Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst), Bonn, Germany, for the postdoctoral research in Cambridge/Berlin. 

1999 – 2002: Research Scholarship from KAAD, Bonn, Germany, for the doctoral Research (Promotion) in Freiburg i. Br., Germany.

1994: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for the International Summer Course at the Philipps University Marburg, Germany.

1994: Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship from UGC (University Grants Commission), New Delhi, India.

1983 – 1988: National Merit Scholarship for the duration of study at the College of Engineering Trivandrum, Kerala, India. 

Presentations (selected)

The Historicity of Knowledge, Lecture given on 16th May 2017 at the Department of German Studies, Doon University, Dehradun.
Ref.: https://soundcloud.com/user-725946454/the-historicity-of-knowledge

Transcendentalism as Paradigm, Lecture given on 16th May 2017 at the Department of German Studies, Doon University, Dehradun.
Ref.: https://soundcloud.com/user-725946454/transcendentalism-as-paradigm

The Time-Object and its intentional In-Existence. Phenomenology´s struggle with the Transcendentalism, presented on 21st April 2017 in a workshop on phenomenology at ICPR (Indian Council for Philosophical Research), New Delhi.

The residual persistence of hyle. On Husserl´s notion of the interface between consciousness and reality, presented on 21st April 2017 in a workshop on phenomenology at ICPR (Indian Council for Philosophical Research), New Delhi. Ref: https://soundcloud.com/user-725946454/the-residual-persistence-of-hyle/s-BD2NZ

Shades of Non-Identity, presented on 31st March 2017 at the Workshop of JNU Philosophy Colloquium on Identity and Void. The Individuation of Non-Identity at School of Language, Literature  & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Participated in a SynTalk discussion on The Limits of Mathematics with Prof. Rajesh Gopakumar, Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences ((ICTSTIFR) Bangalore and Prof. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Universtiy of Calcutta, in Bombay on 29th October 2016. Ref: https://syntalk.wordpress.com/episodes/turn-three/tlom/

Das Faktum des Objekts, presented on 5th July 2016 at the International Conference on Besonders / Exemplarisch. Morphomatische Fallstudien zu Biographie und Portrait at the International Kolleg Morphomata at the University of Cologne, Germany. Ref.: http://www.morphomata.uni-koeln.de/volumes/Sonstiges/MLC/besonders_exemplarisch_abs_thaliath.pdf

Die Phänomenologie des Biographierens. Erinnerung und Wiedererinnerung im Prozess der biographischen Rekonstruktion, presented on 9th May 2016 at the International Kolleg Morphomata at the University of Cologne, Germany. Ref.: http://www.morphomata.uni-koeln.de/en/events/previous-events/babu-thaliath/

Brentano and Husserl on the Intentional In-Existence of Objects, Agora Discussion on 12th March 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Ref.: https://soundcloud.com/user-725946454/brentano-and-husserl-on-the-intentional-in-existence-of-objects

The scientism of Early Modernity and the prevailing scholastic discourse on principium individuationis, presented on 26th November 2015 at the International Conference on Scientification and Scientism in the Humanities (25-26 November 2015) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Aporetics and Fundamental Research, presented on 15th September 2015 at the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Die ikonische Retention der Zeit. Reflexionen zur Filmästhetik Andrej Tarkowskijs, presented on 18th December 2014 at the International Conference on Komparative Ästhetik(en) (15/12 – 21/12/2014), organised by Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Germanistik and Department of German, University of Mumbai.

Knowledge and Reference, presented on 21st October 2014 at the Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Autonomy of Being. Causation as Possession, presented on 19th February 2014 at the Exploratory Workshop: Jawaharlal Nehru University – University of Zurich on Relationships of Possession: Linguistic, Literary, Philosophical and Logical Perspectives (17-19 February 2014) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 

The Referentiality of Knowledge and Knowledge Systems, presented on 3rd August 2013 at the Department of German, University of Kerala.

The Problem of Individuation in Early Modern Natural Philosophy, presented on 11th April 2013 at the Department of German, University of Kerala.

Theatre and Philosophy, presented on 21st January 2013 at Kerala Music and Drama Academy Trichur, Kerala.

“Structural Intuition” as Epistemological Foundation of Early Modern Physics, presented at the DPG-Herbstworkshop 2011 (10 – 11 September 2011) at the Technical University Munich, Germany. Ref: http://www.philphys.de/files/programm-philphys-2011.pdf

The Contextual Masks, presented at the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Annual Conference 2011 (14 – 17 July 2011) at the University of Exeter, UK. Ref: http://www.bshs.org.uk/conferences/annual-conference/2011-exeter/ 

Nature of Spatial Intuitions in Early Modern Mechanics and Optics, presented at the third biennial conference of the society for philosophy of science in Practice (SPSP2011) at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom (22 – 24 June 2011), Ref: http://www.utwente.nl/gw/spsp/SPSP%20biennial%20conferences%20books%20of%20abstracts/Abstracts%20SPSP2011/SPSP2011Book.pdf

Systems of Belief and Knowledge in the Early Modern Science, presented on 24th July 2010 at the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Annual Conference 2010 at the University of Aberdeen, UK, Ref.: http://www.bshs.org.uk/sites/default/files/Programme%202010v4smh.pdf

“Structural Intuition” as Epistemological Foundation of Early Modern Physics, presented on 6th July 2010 at the 16th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics at the University of Aberdeen, UK, Ref.: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ukfoundations2010/programme

Origins of Science in the Early Modern Age, presented on 16th June 2009 at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India 

Mind-Body-Dualism, the Concept of Constant Causation, presented on 7th December 2007 at Robert Bosch India Ltd (Bosch Lectures) in Bangalore, India.

Temporal Differentiation, presented on 6th February 2007 at the Department of Mathematics, Christ College Bangalore, India.

Mental Causation, presented on 25th January 2007 at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore, India.

Domains of Mind. Reflections on the early correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes on Mind-Body-Dualism. Presented on 27th April 2006 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India.

Grenzlinien des Daseins. Das Bildmotiv bei Andrej Tarkowskij. Presented at the 60. Kunsthistorischer Studierenden Kongress on Objekt der Begierde – Das Kunstwerk im Rampenlicht at the Faculty of Art History,
Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg (19 - 22 November 1998).

Publications

Monographs (Books)

Die Verkörperung der Sinnlichkeit (The Embodiment of Senses), Verlag Karl Alber, Freiburg / Munich 2017.

Wissenschaft und Kontext in der frühen Neuzeit (Science and Context in Early Modern Age), Verlag Karl Alber, Freiburg / Munich 2016. 

Natur und Struktur der Kräfte (Nature and Structure of Forces), Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2010.

Perspektivierung als Modalität der Symbolisierung. Erwin Panofskys Unternehmung zur Ausweitung und Präzisierung des Symbolisierungsprozesses in der Philosophie der symbolischen Formen von Ernst Cassirer (Dissertation), Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2005. 

The process of geometric-optical perspectivisation in the visual space perception (Der Prozeß der geometrisch-optischen Perspektivierung in der visuellen Raumwahrnehmung), Freidok (Freiburger Dokumentenserver), Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. 2001.
URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/271

Das Individuum – Die Tragik – Der Übergang. Kulturelle Stichworte, dargestellt am Beispiel
der Konstellation: König Ludwig II., Richard Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche,
Marburg 1997. 

Articles / Monographs (Preprints)

The Temporal Differentiation, http://www.academia.edu/4734391/The_Temporal_Differentiation

Image and Paradigm. Scientific Visualization as Paradigmatisation: http://www.academia.edu/3630579/Image_and_Paradigm._Scientific_Visualization_as_Paradigmatisation  

On "Masks": http://www.academia.edu/2543564/On_Masks_ 

Nature of Gravitation. The Structural Intuition of Gravitation in the Framework of Early Modern Mechanical Philosophy. Philosophy Study, September 2012, Vol. 2, No. 9 (595-618), URL: http://www.academia.edu/2104755/Nature_of_Gravitation._The_Structural_Intuition_of_Gravitation_in_the_Framework_of_Early_Modern_Mechanical_Philosophy

Epistemologie der "strukturellen Intuition" in der frühneuzeitlich-klassischen Himmelsmechanik, edoc-server of Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin 2012, URL: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=39495

Die Strukturelle Intuition, edoc-server of Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin 2012, URL: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=39489

The Iconic Turn in Philosophy, Journal of Dharma 34, 2 (April - June 2009), p. 153-157, Dharmaram Publications, Bangalore 2009.

The Ontological Causation, Journal of Dharma 33, 1 (January – March 2008), p. 33-56, Dharmaram Publications, Bangalore 2008.

also in Freidok, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. 2009, URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/6479/ 

and in edoc-server of Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin 2012, URL: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=39438

Modi der Wirklichkeit. Die ontische Struktur der Wirklichkeit und das Problem der zureichenden Kausalität (Modes of Reality. The ontic structure of reality and the problem of sufficient causation), FreiDok, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. 2008.
URL:
http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/4936/ and in edoc-server of Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin 2012, URL: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=39496

Die Räumlichkeit der Empfindung (The Spatiality of Sensation), FreiDok, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. 2008.
URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/4937/

Domänen des Subjekts (Domains of Mind), FreiDok, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. 2006.
URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/2660/ and in edoc-server of Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin 2012, URL: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=39507

Grenzlinien des Daseins : das Bildmotiv bei Andrej Tarkowskij,
Freidok, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. 2005.
URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/2028/  and in edoc-server of Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin 2012, URL: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=39506

Visual Intuition in Dynamic Structures (Visuelle Intuition in dynamischen Strukturen),
Freidok, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. 2003.
URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/1064 

Visual Knowledge.
The Mode of Geometrical Cognition (Visuelle Erkenntnis. Der Modus
geometrischer Erkenntnisse), Freidok, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg,
Freiburg i. Br. 2003.
URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/1068 

Publications in preparation 

Articles 

The scientism of Early Modernity and the prevailing scholastic discourse on principium individuationis (Routledge, 2017)

Die Phänomenologie des Biographierens. Erinnerung und Wiedererinnerung im Prozess der biographischen Rekonstruktion

Das Faktum des Objekts

Die ikonische Retention der Zeit. Reflexionen zur Filmästhetik Andrej Tarkowskijs

Memberships

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

Dutch Society for Philosophy of Science (NVWF)

British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie

Leonardo Da Vinci Society, London 

References

Prof. Dr. Klaus Jacobi, Philosophisches Seminar II, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gottfried Boehm, Kunsthistorisches Seminar der Universität Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Dominik Perler, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Martin Kemp, Department of History of Art, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schlink, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Freiburg i. Br., German

Prof. Dr. Hasok Chang, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller, Fachbereich Philosophie, University of Konstanz, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Anil Bhatti, Center for German Studies, School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India

Prof. Dr. Sundar Sarukkai, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India