Lecture and Reception introducing Akeel Bilgrami as the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy: “Gandhi and (Marx)”

November 12, 2013 · 6:15-8:00PM

Columbia University, Casa Italiana Teatro

  • Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy

About Akeel Bilgrami

Akeel Bilgrami is Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy; Director, South Asia Institute, and a faculty member of the Committee on Global Thought. He was educated at Bombay and Oxford Universities, the latter as a Rhodes Scholar, and earned a PhD from the University of Chicago. He joined Columbia after spending two years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professor Bilgrami was Chairman of the Philosophy Department from 1994-98 and the Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University from 2004-2011. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford, Yale, and Jawaharlal Nehru Universities, and the Universities of Hyderabad and Witwatersrand. His most recent publications include Self Knowledge and Resentment (2006) and the upcoming Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment (February 2014).

About the newly established Sidney Morgenbesser Professorship of Philosophy

The Sidney Morgenbesser Professorship of Philosophy was established by Roger Alcaly and Helen Bodian to recognize a distinguished full professor in the Department of Philosophy who embodies the qualities of Sidney Morgenbesser, a devoted philosophy teacher at Columbia who enthusiastically embraced the instruction of undergraduates as well as graduate students. The professorship is designed to recognize a professor who not only is known for distinguished work in the discipline but also shares Professor Morgenbesser’s broad scholarly interests in the humanities and social sciences, and his conviction that philosophy, more than a purely academic pursuit, should be a means of addressing the moral, social and political issues of the day.