Can Religion Be Explained? [past event]


Lecture:  Can Religion Be Explained?

Speaker:  Johannes Bronkhorst

Tuesday 17 March, 5:30 pm in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

Professor Bronkhorst’s talk is part of the the Root Lecture Fund series, which was established by Robert W. Root (W&L ’42) in 1991 to support guest speakers selected by the W&L Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion.

Our speaker has concentrated on the history of Indian thought and published on a range of topics, including indigenous grammar and linguistics and the interaction among Brahmanism, Buddhism and Jainism in their philosophical schools and religious practices.   One of the possible explanations he will explore in his talk on the explanation of religion draws from cognitive science and neuroscience.

Professor Bronkhorst earned a B.S. from the Free University in Amsterdam, an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pune (India).  He returned to the Netherlands and earned a second doctorate from the University of Leiden and taught Sanskrit and Indian studies at the University of Lausanne until his retirement.   He has published 190 research papers, all in specialized journals, and more than 15 books.   A few of his recent books are “Tradition and Argument in Classical Indian Linguistics: The Bahiranga-Paribhasa in the Paribhasendusekhara” (2013); “The Buddhism in the Shadow of Brahmanism (Handbook of Oriental Studies)” (2011); and “Absorption” (2012).



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