I'm Malcolm Keating, and I
 am Assistant Professor of Philosophy and JY Pillay Fellow in the Humanities Division of Yale-NUS College, Singapore, with a joint courtesy appointment in the Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore.

I defended my dissertation in the philosophy department at the University of Texas at Austin in November 2014 under the supervision of Stephen Phillips. I earned my master's degree in philosophy at the University of Missouri - St. Louis

I'm interested in language, meaning, and knowledge. My research employs historical philosophy in the service of philosophy as a whole. More specifically, my work engages with the classical Indian philosophical tradition as well as contemporary Anglophone (analytic) philosophy of language.

  • Semester 1 (Aug-Dec 2017) I'm teaching Philosophy and Political Thought 1 and Doing Things with Words.
  • I am on study leave Semester 2 and am not teaching.

Recent News and Upcoming Events
  • January 2-4, 2018 - presenting at The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, as part of a seminar on Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinary Philosophy. Topic: Kumaārila Bhaṭṭa and Mīmāṃsā Philosophy with special reference to guṇavṛtti in Tantravārtika.
  • November 18 & 19, 2017 - participating in the two panels at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Religion in Boston:
    • Yogācāra Studies Unit: Reading Vasubandhu's Triṃśikā and Its Commentaries
      Roy Tzohar, Tel-Aviv University, Presiding
      Sunday - 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
      I'll be giving a short presentation considering Kumārila Bhaṭṭa as a "commentator" on Vasubandhu by way of his remarks on Buddhist metaphors for (no)self.
    • Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy: Doubting, Fashioning and Enjoying (Conventional) Reality: Skepticism, Fictionalism and Eudaimonism in Indian Buddhist Thought
      Saturday - 11:00 AM-12:45 PM
      I'll be giving a presentation "Conventional Truth, Metaphor, & Meaning: Brahminical and Buddhist Semantics" focusing on how Buddhists and Brahminical thinkers understand metaphors, especially those employing non-referring terms.
  • My book, Understanding Indian Philosophy of Language, is now under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing. It will be an introduction to Indian philosophy of language by way of Mukulabhaṭṭa's Abhidhāvṛttimātṛkā, a work on poetics, grammar, & philosophy. The manuscript is due May 2018.

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malcolm.keating [at] yale-nus.edu.sg