Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture by Pratap Mehta ─ Metaphysics of Avoidance: Self and History in Aurobindo

Friday, October 28, 2016

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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This OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture Series by Pratap Bhanu Mehta is titled, "The Nietzschean Moment in Indian Intellectual History."  This is the second lecture in a the two part series and is titled, "Metaphysics of Avoidance: Self and History in Aurobindo."  A video recording of the first lecture will be available after the first talk, "The Melody of Discord: The Self and History in Iqbal."  

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, is president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), new Delhi.  He is a political scientist who has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.

Dr. Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. Mehta is a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and The Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs.

Dr Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.

Stephen Bush (Religious Studies) and Paget Henry (Sociology) will join as commentators.

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