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Dr Brian Black

Senior Lecturer

Brian Black

County South



Tel: +44 1524 593857

Office Hours:

My office hours are Mondays 1-3.

Research overview

I received my MA and PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I teach courses on Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as on comparative philosophy. I am author of the books:

I am co-editor of the following books:

I am co-editor (with Laurie Patton and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad) of the book series: Dialogues in South Asian Traditions: Religion, Philosophy, Literature and History


My primary areas of research are:

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Indian Ethics
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • Multiculturalism, social justice, and secularism in South Asia
  • Gender in Indian religion and philosophy
  • Dialogue and narrative in the textual sources of South Asian religions  

Current Projects

Currently I am working on a series of articles on the relationship between philosophy and narrative in ancient Indian sources.

PhD supervision

I would be happy to supervise doctoral students working in the following areas - Hinduism, Indian Buddhism, Indian philosophy, Hindu ethics, Buddhist ethics, comparative philosophy, Indian secularism, gender and South Asian religions, religion and narrative in South Asia.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate Modules

Year 1

Phil 101: (Indian Political Philosophy)

Year 2

PPR 263: Women and Philosophy in the Ancient World

Year 3

PPR 380: Buddhist Philosophy


PPR: 470: Studying Religion

PPR 479: Sources of Indian Religion and Philosophy






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