Ph.D., Brandeis University
Ashok Gangadean is a world renowned global philosopher, author and spiritual activist. He is the Margaret Gest Professor of Global Philosophy at Haverford College where he has taught for the past fifty years. He is author of several books, including Meditations of Global First Philosophy: Quest for the Missing Code of Logos and the audio book- Awakening The Global Mind: A New Philosophy for Healing Ourselves and Our World (with Sounds True). Ashok is also the Founder-Director of the ((Global Dialogue Institute)) which introduced the Seven Stages of Deep Dialogue – innovative technology of Deep Dialogue between worlds in the art of being an awakened Human. Ashok’s current book in progress – Awakening Global Enlightenment: The Maturation of our Species – reaches out to the widest possible global audience and is also being drafted as a potential feature movie script revealing the “greatest ((story)) never told” – quest for the missing Source Code of codes. Ashok just released a double CD audio presenting this project – as a “movie trailer”. www.unumbeing.com
He completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Brandeis University and his early work focused on Logic (Science of Thought) and Ontology (Science of Being). Throughout his career he has been in quest of the primal integral logic at the heart of human reason, and in bringing to the fore the deep dynamics of communication and dialogue between diverse worldviews. In this quest over four decades to clarify and excavate the common ground across and between widely diverse worlds, cultures, ideologies and disciplines he has emerged as a pioneer of the new frontier of global reason, global ethics and global wisdom. His courses range over Philosophy of Logic and Language, Global Ontology, Global Ethics, Hindu, Buddhist and Zen Thought in Global Context and Global Wisdom.
Introducing Global Philosophy
With my recent appointment as the Margaret Gest Professor of Global Philosophy a new phase in the evolution of our Philosophy Program was inaugurated.
My core Philosophy courses are now being presented in our 2014 College Catalog (see below) for the first time under the special heading of “Courses in Global Philosophy”.
I have been teaching these courses continuously for over four decades and they have always been core courses in our Philosophy Program and core courses for all our majors and minors. My courses naturally evolved over these decades as my lifework as a Global Philosopher unfolded and matured.
My research and teaching in a “global” context has been in quest of the fundamental Source Code of Logos which is the generative Source of diverse worldviews, first narratives, religious worlds, ideologies, disciplinary narratives, and forms of life. Philosophy in this “global context” is thus the enterprise of Philosophy situated in this fundamental field – this Logos Code - that sources and funds our diverse worlds, cultural traditions, disciplinary orientations in our Rational Enterprise.
Teaching and Learning in this Global (Source) Context is thus at the heart of our Liberal Arts educational life and dilates human rationality and literacy to its foundational source. The term “global” is thus a code word for getting to the Source Code of Logos arts and sciences. The “global context” is the Logos Source context.
These core courses were always central for our Philosophy major and several of them were central in fulfilling our “diversity” dimension integral to our major program. Several of my core courses assisted students in experiencing deep encounters with “non-western” philosophical worlds and cultural forms of life – Hindu, Buddhist, Zen – in a global context. And over the decades as these courses naturally deepened and evolved it became clear that the heart of “diversity intelligence and competence” centered in the rational and critical skills in negotiating across and between widely diverse worldviews, ideologies, disciplinary orientations and forms of life.
In this spirit creative encounters with Global Philosophy are vital for cultivating ever deepening liberal arts literacy, dilating our rational capacities and critical intelligence across diverse worldviews and disciplines, hence essential in the augmentation of diversity intelligence and competence for all persons.
At the same time Global Philosophy focuses on cultivating skills and competence in deep dialogue across widely diverse worlds which enhances integral intelligence and rational competence in making significant links across and between variant narrative forms of life – cultures, religions, philosophies, ideologies, traditions and disciplinary narratives.
So significant encounters with Global Philosophy augments “Diversity Intelligence” while at the same time cultivates rational skills in “Deep Dialogue” across and between widely variant worldviews and disciplines.
So these evolved courses in “Global Philosophy” continue to remain core courses in our renovated Philosophy Program and they especially serve all liberal arts students, across all majors and disciplinary orientations. In thus seeking to gain deeper access to the fundamental Source Code of Logos –the generative source of rational life and literacy – these evolved courses in Global Philosophy are designed for all majors and all students in our liberal arts enterprise.
Thus, in recent renovations in our Philosophy Program I felt it was best to remove these courses from being embedded within the more traditional “major” which tends to be more specialized and circumscribed within traditional disciplinary boundaries and not focused on philosophical explorations and literacy in a global context. In this way Global Philosophy cannot be circumscribed within a traditional “major” since it essentially seeks to enter the depth of Global Wisdom and Literacy in the Logos Source Field that grounds all majors and disciplinary narratives. In this respect Global Literacy is “trans-major” and “trans-disciplinary” education which deepens all majors and augments all disciplinary orientations.
Our renovated Philosophy Program, of course, continues as ever to serve twin educational objectives – cultivating philosophical literacy for all liberal arts students, on the one hand, and more specialized disciplinary studies designed for majors and minors. In this spirit my courses in Global Philosophy are designed for all majors, for cultivating deeper integral liberal arts intelligence across disciplinary orientations, for deepening diversity intelligence for all students, and, of course, for dilating rational critical skills in a global context.
In thus removing these courses from the more specialized philosophy “major” they are no longer for “major credit”, although they remain, as ever, core courses in our renovated Philosophy Program and designed for all majors in our liberal arts enterprise.
This new educational frontier of “Global Philosophy” is thus designed for all liberal arts students passionate about cultivating the rational art of being Human – of maturing as Whole Persons, with rational competence in Deep Dialogue now vital for all global citizens in our ever challenging Global Age.
- Ashok introduces his course in Global Wisdom
- Ashok's opening class: Buddhist Thought in a Global Context
- Ashok gives Commencement Address to Haverford Class of 2015 ((Read the Transcript))
Selected key documents introducing "Global Philosophy"
- The Emergence of Global Philosophy: Open Letter
- Missing Blueprint for Liberal Arts Literacy
- Key themes in Global Literacy
- Global Learning for The Global Century
philosophy of logic and language; global ontology; global and comparative philosophy; global ethics; global wisdom; Hindu, Buddhist, and Zen tradition in global contexts
- My ((comprehensive)) site
This ((site)) opens the space for diverse aspects of my professional activities
- ((Awakening Global Enlightenment)) Our Maturation as a Species
Discover Ashok's new Audio Double CD. Journey with Ashok in this unprecedented dimensional crossing into the frontier of ((Global Enlightenment)). This is a deeper encounter with the ever-Present Source Field of Reality than we have thus far experienced. You will now enter an unfolding drama, an ultimate Mystery Story, the Mystery of Mysteries, the greatest ((Story)) never “told” – the perennial quest for the missing Source Code of Infinite Presence. Learn more »