Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Pre-Platonic Philosophy
- Ancient Greek and Roman thought
- Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Philosophy of Music
- Political philosophy
- Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophy of the Environment
I worked most recently, for four and a half years, in the department of Philosophy at Ashoka University in Sonepat. My doctoral degree (2018) is from the University of Pennsylvania and before this I studied philosophy at Williams College in Massachusetts.
My main area of research is ancient Greek philosophy. I am particularly interested in the pre-Platonic philosophers and their relationship to Plato. I also have a strong interest in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, particularly in the philosophy of music. I have given multiple presentations and written a book chapter on the role of ‘harmonia’ in ancient Greek thought. I also have broader interests in political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and environmental philosophy.
In my spare time, apart from more reading, I enjoy movies, cooking, photography, and playing and listening to music.
Philosophy of the Environment
In this capstone course, students bring together the different parts of philosophy they have studied in order to analyse problems about the relationship between humans and the environment as well as the value and moral and political status of the environment.
Philosophy of Religion
The special aim of this course is to give students the capability of understanding and working with others from any of the major religions of India.
Philosophy of Art
In this course, we will investigate the nature of artworks and the role they play in our lives; we will focus on specific problem cases and concrete artworks in order to answer these questions.
Philosophy of Science
This course aims to enable students to rigorously engage with, and critically evaluate, scientific and social scientific work.
This course enables students to think slowly and carefully, while working with others, through everyday arguments on topics of larger social interest.
This course will acquaint students with major political ideologies in India and enable them to talk to and work with those they disagree with on political issues.
Introduction to Philosophy
This course equips students with core philosophical capabilities, especially working with others you disagree with, clarity of expression, and building the foundations of rigorous creativity.
Publications and Writings
Chaturvedi, A. (2016). Harmonia and ṛtá. In Seaford R. (Ed.), Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought (pp. 40 – 54). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Harmony in the Hippocratic embryology and dietetics; Empedoclean harmony; Isonomia and Harmonia: Two Early Greek Models of Balance; Dissolving the art/craft divide