Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Metaphilosophy and Critical Thinking
- Greco-Roman and Indian Ideas about Soteriology and Human Wellbeing
- Humanistic Judgments, Freedom and Responsibility
- Philosophy of History and Education
- Philosophy of Science, Religion and Good Life
- Continental and Comparative Speculations
- Holistic Health and Motivations
Rajan worked most recently as an Assistant Professor, for a year, in the Department of Philosophy at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar. Here, he taught the major Philosophical courses to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. He supervised ten students for their Master’s dissertation. He also taught a Research Methodology course to PhD students and supervised one doctoral scholar during his tenure.
Rajan obtained his master’s degree in philosophy in 2017 and subsequently completed his PhD in 2021, both from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, specialising in Metaphilosophy and Normative Ethics.
His PhD focused on conducting a critical study of the two Hellenistic philosophy schools of thought, namely Stoicism and Epicureanism. During his PhD, he availed himself of the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) from the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), MHRD-New-Delhi and UGC-NET-SRF, New Delhi successively.
After completing his PhD, he engaged in further research, for around ten months, at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT, Indore, specifically delving into the Nietzschean critique of the true world theory.
He has been awarded five National level essay awards from organisations including Indian Philosophical Congress (IPC), and Aligarh Muslim University. He also obtained a Diploma in Yoga Education (2020−21) from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and a Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE), from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
He has presented in more than fifty national and international seminars and conferences in different parts and Universities of India. His papers have been published in journals including The Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (JICPR)-Springer, Summerhill- IIAS-Review, Philosophical Papers, and Ravenshaw Journal of Philosophy (RJP), where he critiqued the significant issues of Greco-Roman and Indian Critiques, Ethics and Humanistic Engagements, Metreligion and Morality.
He likes to engage in philosophical writings, calisthenics, weightlifting, and yoga.
- Rajan. (Forthcoming). Identity crisis and ontic anguish of Indian tribes: Revealing the challenges posed by Western modernity and dogmatic ideologies through existential Philosophy. Adivasi: The Journal.
- Rajan. (2023). Sri Aurobindo’s Yogamīmāṃsā and integral method: A metaphilosophical negation of dichotomy between Dualism and Advaitism. Śrī Nālandā, 2(1), 117 – 126. https://www.nnm.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Vol-II-Article‑9.pdf
- Rajan. (2023). Critique of contemporary civilization ethos and public leadership crisis: A dystopian interpretation and philosophical prospects. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 40(1), 35 – 64. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40961-023 – 00297‑x
- Rajan. (2020). Philosophical and moral approaches to interreligious understanding and religious pluralism. Summerhill, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) REVIEW, xxvi (1), 18 – 23. http://126.96.36.199:8080/jspui/bitstream/123456789/4929/1/01%20Summerhill%20Vol%20XXVI%20No%201%20Summer%202020.pdf
- Rajan (2022). Free will Debate: From Illusionism to Compatibilism. Philosophical Papers (N.B.U). Vol-XVIII, P.224 – 238 https://ir.nbu.ac.in/bitstream/123456789/4636/1/Philosophical%20papers.%20Vol.%2018%20%28March%202022%29_17.pdf
- Rajan. (2020). Ethics, innovation and moral training. Ravenshaw Journal of Philosophy, VI(1), 82 – 98.
- Rajan. (2020). Analytical and normative inquiry of the nature and purpose of philosophy. Lokayata: Journal of Positive Philosophy, 27(xi), 60 – 65. https://philarchive.org/archive/TANPGw
- Rajan. (2020). Lokᾱyata darśana and ethics: A philosophical critique of true world theory and good life. Ānvīkṣikī, XVI, 119 – 146.
- Rajan. (2018). Being good: A philosophical study of ethics and human value. Moolya Vimarsh,13 – 26, 131 – 146.
- Rajan, (2023). Sri Aurobindo’s philosophical defense of Indian culture: Exposing European imperialism and prejudiced opinions. Milestone Education Review (2278 – 2168), 53 – 60. https://sriaurobindo150.files.wordpress.com/2023/05/milestone-education-review-year-12-no.-01 – 02-october2021.pdf
Chapters in Edited Books
- Rajan (2022). Wars, pandemics and women’s challenges: A philosophical probe into facts and narratives. In J. Mala, G. Sood, & P. Parimoo (Eds.), Social and Legal Impacts of Covid-19 on Women. Redshine Publications. https://university.kiss.ac.in/docs/Criteria‑3/3.4.6_Books/Copies/81.pdf
- Rajan (2022). Deep ecology and modern moral movements: Philosophizing some preventive measures to fundamental ecological crises. In J.M. Mishra, & V.C. Hurdoyal (Eds.), Ecology and Environmental Ethics: Indological Perspectives. Mahatma Gandhi Institute School of Indological studies. https://online.fliphtml5.com/ogvv/akoi/
- Rajan. (2022). Positive Psychology and Human Well-being: Researching Design and Innovation in Moral Teaching. (n.p.). P. Das (Ed.). Notion Press.
- Rajan. (2021). Ethics and Positive Psychology: A Life Worth Living. Professional ethics: Theory and practice, 1, pp. 283 – 288. Shri Hit Sahitya Prakashan.
- Rajan. (2020). New Normal and Classical Morality: Contemplating Modern World Challenges. Professional Ethics and Human Value, 1, pp. 184 – 189. NAC Publication.
- Rajan. (2020). Solitude and self-realization: Exploring Indian thoughts. Philosophy Today, 1(1), 11 – 19. https://philosophytoday.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/009_Rajan.pdf
- Rajan (2022). Dharma and Yogamimanha. Sanskriti (MHRD, GOI), 22, 20 – 24. https://indianculture.gov.in/indian-culture-repository?search_api_fulltext=sanskrit
- Rajan. (2021). Philosophy as a virtue and way of life: An intellectual and moral battle against modern world crises. Philosophy Today, 2(2). https://philosophytoday.in/index.php/2021/08/01/philosophy-as-a-virtue-and-way-of-life-an-intellectual-and-moral-battle-against-modern-world-crises/