Personal Profile

Saju Chackalackal

1. Name: SAJU CHACKALACKAL

2. Date of Birth: March 15, 1965

3. Native: Meladoor, Thrissur, Kerala (Address: Chackalackal House, Meladoor Post, Thrissur 680741, Kerala, India)

4. Religious Profession (CMI): March 15, 1985

5. Priestly Ordination (Catholic): December 27, 1993

6. Present Address: Dharmaram College, Bangalore 560029, Karnataka, India; Tel: +91-80-41116219; Mob: +91-9480022339 Email: saju@chackalackal.com; Website: www.chackalackal.com; Blog: chackalackal.blogspot.com

7. Higher Education:

·         Bachelor of Philosophy, 1987, DVK, Bangalore

·         Master of Philosophy, 1989, DVK, Bangalore

·         Bachelor of Theology, 1993, JDV, Pune

·         Doctor of Philosophy, 2002, Thomas Aquinas, Rome

8. Teaching Experience: 1994 – (Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore)

Subjects Taught:

·         Logic

·         Epistemology

·         Kantian Ethics

·         Moral Philosophy / General Ethics

·         Applied Ethics

·         Philosophy of Nature and Science

·         Contemporary Indian Philosophy

·         Research Methodology

Seminars:

·         Globalization

·         Discrimination and Justice

·         Media and Moral Controversies

9. Present Academic Assignments / Offices:

·         Associate Professor in Philosophy, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore (1994 - )

·         Chief Editor, Journal of Dharma, An International Quarterly of Religions and Philosophies, DVK, Bangalore (2002 - )

·         Director, Licentiate in Philosophy, DVK, Bangalore (2007 - )

·         Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Christ College, Bangalore (2007 - )

·         Animator, Centre for the Study of World Religions, DVK, Bangalore (2004 - )

10. Current Research Interests

“Terrorism and Religion”

“A Post-Modern Critique on the ‘Enlightenment’ of Kant and Ambedkar”

“Religious Literacy and Secularism”

11. Publications (Books):

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, Indigenous Philosophizing: Indian Horizons, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007 (forthcoming).

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, Research Methodology, 2nd enlarged edition, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007 (forthcoming).

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, Christian Leadership and Integration (Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. Thomas Aykara CMI), co-edited with Thomas Kollamparampil, Paulachan Kochappilly, and Jose Thadavanal, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007.

[2004] Chackalackal, Saju, Research Methodology, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2004.

[2002] Chackalackal, Saju, Unity of Knowing and Acting in Kant: A Paradigmatic Integration of the Theoretical and the Practical, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2002.

[2000] Chackalackal, Saju, Stephen Hawking’s Quest for a Theory of Everything, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2000.

[2000] Chackalackal, Saju, Euthanasia, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2000.

[1994] Chackalackal, Saju, The Word in the World, Bangalore: Vidyavanam Publications, 1994.

[1992] Chackalackal, Saju, Ramayana and the Indian Ideal, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 1992.

12. Publication (Articles):

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, “Freedom for Human Realization” (Foreword), in Shibin Thuniampral, Through Freedom to the Real: A Study on the Basic Triadic Unity of Freedom, Action and God in Kantian Ethics, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007, ix-xx.

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, “Towards Defending a Culture of Life: A Philosophical Critique,” Vidyajyothi (forthcoming).

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, “Religious Fundamentalism in India and Caste and Cultural Conflicts: An Ethical Response,” Ecumenical Journal (ECC, Bangalore), edited by Hrangthan Chhungi (forthcoming).

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, “Dialogue in Indian Tradition: An Analysis and Critique” (A Critical Review on Dialogue in Indian Tradition by John Britto Chethimattam 1969), in a volume edited by Kuncheria Pathil, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007 (forthcoming).

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, “Indigenous Philosophizing and Indian Horizons: An Introduction” in Saju Chackalackal, ed., Indigenous Philosophizing: Indian Horizons, “Dharmaram Philosophy Series 5,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007 (forthcoming).

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, "Integral Vision of Education for an Enhanced Humanity" in Christian Leadership and Integration (Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. Thomas Aykara CMI), eds. Thomas Kollamparampil, Paulachan Kochappilly, Saju Chackalackal, and Jose Thadavanal (Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007), 220-241.

[2007] Chackalackal, Saju, "Engendering a Holistic Ethics in Community: Renegotiating Values, Rights, and Agency of Woman's Body" in Engendering Ethics, ed. Evangeline Anderson (Bangalore: UTC, 2007) [forthcoming].

[2006] Chackalackal, Saju, “An Appraisal of Physics without Metaphysics?” in Raphael Neelamkavil, Physics without Metaphysics? Categories of Second Generation Scientific Ontology, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2006, pages xiv-xxi. [The same text, with minor modifications appeared in "Physics without Metaphysics? Categories of Second Generation Scientific Ontology by Raphael Neelamkavil" (Review Article), Advances in Arts and Ideas 2, 1 & 2 (2006), 149-154 and in Journal of Dharma 30, 4 (October-December 2005), 485-492.

[2006] Chackalackal, Saju, “Ecological Concerns: Adverse Impact of Religion, Economy, and Politics” (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 31, 4 (October-December 2006), 387-406.

[2006] Chackalackal, Saju, "Trends in Religious Worship" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 31, 3 (July-September 2006), 277-288.

[2006] Chackalackal, Saju, "Religion and Education" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 31, 2 (April-June 2006), 145-164.

[2005] Chackalackal, Saju, "Psychology of Religion" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 30, 2 (April-June 2005), 147-156.

[2005] Chackalackal, Saju, "Kant on Inclinations: 'Alien' or 'Human'?" Journal of Dharma 30, 1 (January-March 2005), 117-134.

[2005] Chackalackal, Saju, "Is There a Reason for Admitting Mysticism" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 30, 4 (October-December 2005), 381-394.

[2005] Chackalackal, Saju, "Culture of Life" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 30, 1 (January-March 2005), 3-12.

[2005] Chackalackal, Saju, "Asian Hermeneutics: New Horizons" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 30, 3 (July-September 2005), 281-292.

[2004] Chackalackal, Saju, "Planning a Family in the Context of Gender Discrimination," Journal of Dharma 29, 2 (April-June 2004), 231-260.

[2004] Chackalackal, Saju, "Modern Saints of Bhakti Tradition" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 29, 3 (July-September 2004), 273-278.

[2004] Chackalackal, Saju, "Kant’s Quest for Unity: An Open Project in the Human Community," Angelicum: Periodicum Trimestre Pontificiae Studiorum Universitatis a Sancto Thoma Aquinate in Urbe 81, 4 (2004), 745-779.

[2004] Chackalackal, Saju, "Hindutva: Cultural and Religious Response" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 29, 1 (January-March 2004), 3-12.

[2004] Chackalackal, Saju, "Business Ethics" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 29, 4 (October-December 2004), 409-420.

[2004] Chackalackal, Saju, "Buddha and Kant: Human and Moral Foundations of Religion," Dynamics of Dharma: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. Augustine Thottakara (Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2004) (forthcoming).

[2003] Chackalackal, Saju, "Rewriting History: A Critique" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 28, 2 (April-June 2003), 145-149.

[2003] Chackalackal, Saju, "Religious Festivals" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 28, 3 (July-September 2003), 301-305.

[2003] Chackalackal, Saju, "Religious Conversion" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 28, 1 (January-March 2003), 3-6.

[2003] Chackalackal, Saju, "Prayer in World Religions" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 28, 4 (October-December 2003), 411-416.

[2003] Chackalackal, Saju, "Gender Justice Today" (Editorial), Journal of Dharma 29, 2 (April-June 2003), 121-128.

[1999] Chackalackal, Saju, "Entropy versus Resurrection: A Christian Reflection on the Law of Entropy in Physics," Indian Currents (February 22-28, 1999), 40-41, 60-61. This article was published again in Indian Journal of Spirituality, 12, 2 (April–Ju 1999), 279-288.

[1999] Chackalackal, Saju, "Becoming Human: A Welcome Paradigm Shift in Christian Spirituality," Carmela Sandesam (March 1999), 94-96.

[1997] Chackalackal, Saju, "Mother Theresa’s Passing Away: Was It Death or Suicide?" The New Leader (October 16-30, 1997), 31.

[1993] Chackalackal, Saju, "Dharmaram in the Vision of Blessed Chavara," Herald of the East (July 1993).

[1992] Chackalackal, Saju, "Guru and Abba: God Experience as the Key to Spiritual Guidance," The Living Word (September–October 1992), 395-412.

[1988] Chackalackal, Saju, "A Synthesis of Tradition and Modernity: A Study on the Contributions of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan," Journal of Dharma 13, 4 (October–December 1988), 396-412.

13. Student Research Projects (Directed)

Doctoral Level Research:

[2007] Thomas Chacko, “The Virtually Unconditioned: The Ground of Knowledge in Judgment according to Bernard Lonergan,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, PhD Dissertation directed by Saju Chackalackal (to be defended in 2007-08).

[2007] Malcolm G. Armstrong, “Virtue of Truth: Limiting Divisiveness and Seeking Truth Authentically through a Symbiotic Relation of Apperception, Appraisal, and Appropriation,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, PhD Dissertation directed by Saju Chackalackal (to be defended in 2007-08).

 

Masters’ Level Research:

[2008] Shijo Kanjirathingal, “Ethics of Levinas: A Challenge to Modern Culture,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, LPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal (to be completed in March 2008)

[2008] Roy Varghese Palatty, “Freedom and Justice: A Philosophical Critique on the Reform Proposals of Amartya Sen,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, LPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal (to be completed in March 2008)

[2008] R. Brad Bannon, “Ontonomy: An Ecological Perspective on the Areteological Ethics of Advaita Vedanta,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, LPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal (to be completed in March 2008)

[2008] Pratheesh M. Pulickal, “A Buddhist Critique on “Work-Life Balance,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, LPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal (to be completed in March 2008)

[2008] Jinosh V. M., “Educational Philosophy of Paulo Freire for Liberation of Humanity,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, LPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal (to be completed in March 2008)

[2007] Galizzi,

[2005] Shibin Thuniambral, “Through Freedom to the Real: A Study on the Basis of a Triadic Unity of Freedom, Action and God in Kantian Ethics,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, MPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal [This thesis was later published: Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007].

[2005] L. Justin Diraviam, “Convergence of the Phenomenal and the Noumenal: The Consequences of the Moral Concept of Freedom in Kant,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, MPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal.

[2004] Raphael Neelamkavil, “Transcendental and Transcendent Categories for Second Generation Scientific Ontology,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, MPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal [This thesis was later published under the tile, Physics without Metaphysics? Categories of Second Generation Scientific Ontology, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2006].

[2004] Pradeep Aerthayil, “The Pursuit of Truth: A Critical Analysis on the Concept of Truth in Richard Rorty,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, MPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal.

[2003] Sen P. J. (Palamattathil), “Kant and the New Dimensions of Knowing: A Study on Kantian Ethics,” Bangalore: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, MPh Thesis directed by Saju Chackalackal.

14. Academic Visits (Lectures at Other Institutes)

·         Darsana Institute of Philosophy, Wardha, MS

·         Jyothisadan Institute of Philosophy, Bangalore

·         NIAS, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

·         Satyanilayam Institute of Philosophy, Chennai

St. Antony’s Institute of Philosophy, Bangalore