Humanities Division (Philosophy)
16 College Avenue West
#01-220 Singapore 138527
malcolm.keating [at] yale-nus [dot] edu [dot] sg
Areas of Specialization
Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of LanguageIn particular, the Indian epistemic tradition analyzing knowledge sources, or pramāṇa, Hinduism, and early Confucian and Daoist thought.
In particular, Mīmāṃsā linguistic analysis and topics at the semantics/pragmatics boundary, such as metonymy, metaphor, and ellipsis.
Areas of Competence
Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Chinese Philosophy
June 2015 - current: Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College, Humanities Division (Philosophy)
January 2016 - current: Courtesy Joint Appointment to Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, National University of Singapore
May 2015: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: "Speaking Indirectly: Theories of Non-Literal Meaning in Indian Philosophy"
Committee: Stephen Phillips (chair), Ray Buchanan, Josh Dever, Hans Kamp, Lawrence McCrea
2006 M.A. Philosophy (summa cum laude) University of Missouri at St. Louis
2000 B.A. English, Spanish (with honors) Grove City College
"The Cow is to Be Tied Up: Sort-Shifting in Classical Indian Philosophy", History of Philosophy Quarterly. 30:4, pp.331-332.
"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.
Encyclopedia Entries & Annotated Bibliographies
"The Literal/Non-Literal Distinction in Indian Philosophy," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (Winter 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.). forthcoming URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2016/entries/literal-nonliteral-india/>.
Amber Carpenter’s Indian Buddhist Philosophy. Philosophy East & West. 65:4, October 2015.
Christopher G. Framarin's Desire and Motivation in Indian Philosophy, Routledge Hindu Studies, Journal of the American Oriental Society. 133:1, 2013. pp.160-62.
"Is Ellipsis Completion Knowledge? Linguistic Interpretation in Classical Indian Philosophy.'' International Conference on Ethno-Epistemology, Kanazawa, Japan.
"Putting Words in their Place: Elliptical Completion through Postulation.'' East-West Philosopher's Conference, University of Hawaii-Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.
"From Talking about Particular Things to Reasoning about their General Names: The Realist-Nominalist Debate in Uddyotakara, Kumārila and Śāntarakṣita." Annual Conference for the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, June 2014.
"Against Inference: Ānandavardhana on the Status of Suggestive Language." New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, October 2013.
"How Can I Know What You Mean? Implication, Inference, and Dhvani." Annual Meeting for the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, October 2012.
"Lakṣaṇā and Sort-Shifting in Mukula Bhaṭṭa's Abhidhāvṛttimātṛkā" Pacific APA, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, April 2012.
Selected Seminar Participation
2017. Workshop on Rasa theory with C. Rajendran (Retired Professor, Calicut University) at Manipal University, Centre for Religious Studies, Manipal, India.
2013. Readings in Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī and Patañjali’s Mahābhāṣya with R.K. Sharma (Visiting Professor, South Asian Studies Department, Penn State University) at the Yoga Society of New York, Monroe, NY.
2012. Theories of Communication: International Summer School in Cognitive Sciences & Semantics sponsored by University of Latvia, Riga and McMaster University. Faculty: Elisabeth Camp, Ernie Lepore, Peter Ludlow, Dan Sperber, Matthew Stone, Deirdre Wilson.
2010. Words of Wisdom: Toward a Western Terminology for Buddhist Texts sponsored by Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, at the Mangalam Research Center. Faculty: Carmen Dragonetti, Luis Gómez, Michael Hahn, Paul Harrison, Fernando Tola.
Awards and Honors
Travel Grant, American Philosophical Association
Competitive grant to attend and participate in the Teaching and Learning Seminar for early career scholars at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ 20th Biennial International Workshop-Conference.2013
Continuing Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Texas at Austin2012
Two or three students per academic year are nominated by the department based on major accomplishments and a well-defined program of research.
Billy Bob Draeger Graduate Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin
Awarded from the College of Liberal Arts to humanities students based on academic merit.
Leadership Certificate in Inclusive Classrooms from UT Austin (Link to website)
Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College
Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin
Adjunct Instructor, Various
Helke, T. (Doctoral) Philosophy of Conditionals, 2016 - present, (Committee Co-Supervisor)
Service to the profession
Referee, Philosophy East & West, Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies
Contributor, Indian Philosophy Blog, a scholarly group blog
Referee, SAGAR: A South Asia Research Journal
Referee, Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Erkenntnis
American Philosophical Association
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
American Academy of Religion
Professor, Department of Philosophy
University of Texas at Austin
dever at mail.utexas.edu
phone: (512) 471-4857
Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy
Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy, Harvard Divinity School
Northampton, MA 01063
jgarfield at smith.edu
phone: (413) 585-3649
Visiting Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Formal Logics and Philosophy of Language
hanskamp at austin.utexas.edu
phone: (512) 471-4880