Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Full Professor, Department of Philosophy

PhD in Philosophy, York University, England
BA Honours in English, Victoria University

DMS 8145

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Ongoing research

My current research addresses questions about the idea of religion, and about the political negotiation of religious as well as cultural identities. It is cross-cultural, focusing on Canada, India and the U.S. I also work on issues of race and racism, and on multicultural education. That includes a concern with expanding existing philosophy curricula to include non-Western traditions. In this respect and in connection with my work on religion, I am engaged with reflecting on how the conception and content of the "philosophy of religion" can be revised to make this subdiscipline of philosophy more global in scope. At the same time, I retain a research interest in authors with German philosophy, particularly Heidegger and Herder.


2016 – History and Human Destiny
2015 – Heidegger on Knowledge and Reality
2012 – Heidegger's Being and Time  (also 2009)
2011 – Heidegger’s Critique of Modernity

Selected publications


Sonia Sikka, Bindu Puri & Lori G. Beaman (eds.).   Living with Religious Diversity.  Delhi:  Routledge, 2015.

Sonia Sikka & Lori Beaman (eds.), Multiculturalism & Religious Identity: Canada and India. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.

Herder on Humanity and Cultural Difference: Enlightened Relativism.Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Forms of Transcendence: Heidegger and Medieval Mystical Theology.Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press, 1997.

Articles / Book chapters

"On Translating Religious Reasons: Rawls, Habermas and the Quest for Neutral Public Sphere", Review of Politics, 78, 2016, 91-116.

"Heidegger's Argument for the Existence of God?", Sophia, July 2016, doi:10.1007/s11841-015-0510-0. 

"The Role of Philosophy in the Academic Study of Religion in India", Argument:Biannual Philosophical Journal, 26/1, 2016, Special Issue: Academic Study of Religion in Asia, 55-79.

"Eurocentrism and the Limits of Symbolic Recognition", in: At the Crossroads of Culture and Literature, ed Suchorita Chattopadhyay and Debashree Dattaray, Delhi, Prius Books, 2016, 159-170.

“Rights and Relativity.”  In Human Rights:  India and the West, ed. Ashwani Peetush & Jay Drydyk.  Delhi:  Oxford University Press, 2015, 19-48.

"Moral Relativism and the Concept of Culture," Theoria, 59/133 (2012), 50-69.

“What is Indian ‘Religion’? How Should it be Taught?”  In Whose Religion?  Education About Religion in Public Schools, ed. Lori Beaman & Leo van Arragon (Leiden:  Brill, 2014),  107-125.

“The Perils of Indian Secularism,” Constellations, 19/2 (2012), 288-304.

“Untouchable Cultures: Memory, Power and the Construction of Dalit Selfhood,”Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 19:1, 43-60.

"In What Sense Are Dalits Black?"  In The Philosophy of Race, Vol IV: Intersections and Positions, ed. Paul C. Taylor (New York: Routledge, 2012), 253-61.

"Liberalism, Multiculturalism and the Case for Public Religion," Politics and Religion (Cambridge University Press), 3 (2010), 580-609. 

"Herder's Critique of Pure Reason," Review of Metaphysics, 61 (2007), 31-50. 

"On the Value of Happiness: Herder contra Kant," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 37/4 (December 2007), 515-46.

“Kantian Ethics in Being and Time,” with response by Tom Rockmore, and reply by author, Journal of Philosophical Research, 31 (2006), 309-334.

“Herder and the Concept of Race,” Herder Yearbook, 8 (2006), 133-58.

“Enlightened Relativism: The Case of Herder,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 31 (2005), 309-41.

“On the Manifest Destiny of Western Values,” in Towards Greater Human Solidarity: Options for a Plural World, ed. Anindita N. Balslev (Kolkata: Dasgupta & co., 2005), 86-104.

“‘Learning to be Indian’: Historical Narratives and the ‘Choice’ of a Cultural Identity,” Dialogue, 53 (2004), 339-54.

“Herder on the Relation between Language and World,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 21 (2004), 183-200.

“Heidegger and Race,” in Race and Racism in Continental Philosophy, ed. Robert Bernasconi (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003), 74-97.

“The Delightful Other: Portraits of the Feminine in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Levinas,” in Feminist Interpretations of Emmanuel Levinas, ed. Tina Chanter (University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania  State University Press, 2001),  96-118.

“Heidegger and Jaspers: Being, Language, Technicity,” International Studies in Philosophy, 33:2 (2001),  105-30.

“Nietzsche's Contribution to a Phenomenology of Intoxication,” Journal for Phenomenological Psychology, 31 (2000), 19-43.

“How not to read the other: ‘All the rest can be translated’” (on Emmanuel Levinas),  Philosophy Today, 43 (1999), 195-206.

“On the Truth of Beauty: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Keats,” Heythrop Journal, 39 (1998), 243-63.

“Questioning the Sacred: Heidegger and Levinas on the Locus of Divinity,” Modern Theology, 14 (1998), 299-323.

“Heidegger's Concept of Volk,” Philosophical Forum, 26 (1994), 101-26.

“Heidegger's Appropriation of Schelling,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, 32 (1994), 421-48.

"The Philosophical Bases of Heidegger's Politics,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 25 (1994), 241-62.


Fields of Interest

  • Philosophy of Culture
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Modern European Philosophy
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