Dr. Ashoka Kumar Tarai

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Dr. Ashoka Kumar Tarai is an Associate Professor and presently the Head of the Philosophy Department, at Ravenshaw University. Prior to joining Ravenshaw University, Dr. Tarai served as an Assistant Professor at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, J&K, and Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur, Odisha. He has more than 12 years of teaching and research experience in philosophy. He completed his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the University of Hyderabad. His research interest includes analytic philosophy, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and Socio-political philosophy

Selected Publications

  1. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, Metaphysical Reading(s) of TLP, JICPR, Springer, Vol.40, No.1, January 2023, p.1-14 (Scopus)
  2. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Debating General Will” in Ravenshaw Journal of Philosophy, ISSN No. 2395-3209, Vol.1, November 2015, pp.72-90 (UGC Care Listed)
  1. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “(In)visibility of Value: A Wittgensteinian Perspective”, Obnovljeni Zivot, ISSN No.0351-3947, 2020, 75(4), p.493-505 (Scopus)
  1. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Two Wittgenstein: Transition from TLP to PI”, AJOPA, ISSN No. 2395-2784, January, 2023, pp.96-108 (UGC Care Listed)
  1. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Anti-Metaphysical readings of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”, Problemos, ISSN No.1392-1126, Vol. 99, April 2021, pp. 131-147 (Scopus & SCI)
  1. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “A Philosophical gaze towards the ‘time’ of Covid-19 Pandemic”, AJOPA, VIII, No. I, ISSN No. 2395-2784, January 2022, pp. 87-93 (UGC Care Listed)
  • Group
  • Research
  • Publications
  • Teaching

Supervised M.Phil. Students

  1. Dibyajyoti Swain (20MPL-001) Title: Ecofeminism: An Alternative Approach to Environmental Crisis
  2. Bedabyas Bhanja (20MPL-004) Title: Language and Reality: Understanding Meaning in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy
  3. Anusmita Sahu (21MPL-003) Title: Language and World: Making Sense of Social World in John Searle’s Philosophy
  4. Bijayprava Swain (21MPL-001) Title: Explaining Consciousness: In Defense of Neural Correlates of Consciousness (NCC)
  5. Priyambada Rana (21LPL-002) Title: Understanding the Relation Between ‘Self and World’ in early Wittgenstein’s Philosophy.

Supervised Ph.D Students

  1. Priyambada Rana (22PH-PHL-003) on Philosophy of Mind and Language
  2. Mahima Sagar Mallik (22PH-PHL-004) on Secularism

I earned my Ph.D. on the metaphysical aspects of Wittgenstein’s philosophy. There is a general consensus among analytic philosophers that the discussion of metaphysics has taken a backseat with the rise of logico-language analysis in philosophy. It all began with the rise of early analytic philosophy propagated by Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and Wittgenstein. However, Wittgenstein even being in this tradition has arguably discussed metaphysics in his works which is implicit in the significance of metaphysics. I have argued to defend this position of Wittgenstein by going beyond certain interpretational debates.

My recent research interest includes the philosophy of Human Agency and Freewill, Metaphilosophy, and Secularism.

Books :

  1. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, Metaphysical Reading(s) of TLP, JICPR, Springer, Vol.40, No.1, January 2023, p.1-14 (Scopus)
  2. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “(In)visibility of Value: A Wittgensteinian Perspective”, Obnovljeni Zivot, ISSN No.0351-3947, 2020, 75(4), p.493-505 (Scopus)
  3. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Nature and Agency”, AJOPA VII, No.1, ISSN No. 2395-2784, January 2021, p.33-38 (UGC Care Listed)
  4. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Anti-Metaphysical readings of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”, Problemos, ISSN No.1392-1126, Vol. 99, April 2021, pp. 131-147 (Scopus & Web of Science)
  5. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar & Rajashree Nayak, “Understanding Human Nature in the State of Nature”, RJPSS, ISSN No.2454-7026, Vol. XLVII, No.1 Jan-June, 2021, pp.85-97 (Peer Reviewed)
  6. Kumar, Ravi & Ashoka Kumar Tarai, “The Ontological Foundation of Deontic Power”, JCR, ISSN No. 2394-5125, Vol.7, Issue No.8, 2020 pp.2631-2640 (Scopus)
  7. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Rereading Rousseau through Durkheim and Charvet”, RJPSS, ISSN No. 0258-1701, Vol. XLVI, No.2, 2021, pp.293-308 (Peer Reviewed)
  8. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “A Philosophical gaze towards the ‘time’ of Covid-19 Pandemic”, AJOPA, VIII, No. I, ISSN No. 2395-2784, January, 2022, pp. 87-93 (UGC Care Listed)
  9. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Debating General Will” in Ravenshaw Journal of Philosophy, ISSN No. 2395-3209, Vol.1, November 2015, pp.72-90 (UGC Care Listed)
  10. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Understanding Religion: A Wittgensteinian Perspective”, AJOPA ISSN No. 2395-2784, Vol. II, No.1 2016, pp.179-185 (UGC Care Listed)
  11. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “In Defense of Rousseau’s General Will”, RJPSS, ISSN No. 0048-7325, 2018, p.200-210 (UGC Approved Journal)
  12. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Two Wittgenstein: Transition from TLP to PI”, AJOPA, ISSN No. 2395-2784, January, 2023, pp.96-108 (UGC Care Listed)
  13. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, Understanding the Tractatarian distinction of Sayable and Showable, Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Conference of All Orissa Philosophy Association. Department of Philosophy, Dharmasala Mahavidyalaya, Jaraka, January 2013, Page No. 91-99
  14. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “Religion and Self: A Metaphysical Coherence in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy”, as a book chapter in Recent Responses to the Philosophy of Wittgenstein: Life and Language, Ed. K.C. Pandey, Occam Academic Press, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, ISBN No. 978-1-7751607-5-5, 2020, Page No. 229-240
  15. Tarai, Ashoka Kumar, “The Pursuit of Social Reality and The Role of Agency” as a book chapter in Self Knowledge and Moral Identity by Prof. Ranjan Panda, Tulika Books, New Delhi, ISBN No. 978-81-950559-3-7, 2023, p.247-256

Teaching

Dr. Tarai’s teaching interest includes:

  1. Analytic Philosophy
  2. Philosophy of Wittgenstein
  3. Western Epistemology
  4. Western Metaphysics