ENLIGHTENMENT TO ERFECTION
Department of Philosophy

Dr. Ms. Debika Saha

Dr. Ms. Debika Saha

B.A.(CU), M.A.(CU), M.Phil.(CU), Ph.D.(JNU)

Professor

Life-Member: Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, India; Library of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of culture, Golpark, Kolkata. India; Indian Philosophical Congress, New Delhi, India.; Journal of Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Poona University.Pune.; Indian Academy of Philosophy Kolkata, India; Bangiya Darshan Parisad, Kolkata India.; International Society for Inter Cultural Studies and Research, Kolkata India.; Associate Member: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. Washington D.C. U.S.; Member: Afro-Asian Philosophical Congress, Association of Asian Studies, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.


Contact Addresses:

Contact No.
+91- 9433772141(M)
Address(office)
Department of Philosphy, University of North Bengal, P.O.-NBU, Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal, Pin-734013, India.
e-Mail
sahadebika@yahoo.com

Subject Specialization: Modern Western Philosophy, Phenomenology, Gender Studies, Post-modernism, Enviornmental Ethics

Areas of Research Interest: Cultural Studies, Posthumanism

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: 0l       (b) Ongoing: 06

No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: 03       (b) Ongoing: 01.

No. of Publications:        (a) Journal(s) : 24        (b) Books Authored: 01        (c) Books Edited: 04.

Achievement & Awards:
  • Special Honour Received: Acted as member of the scientific committee representing India in the 64th Congress of Phenomenology, held in the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Dept.of Philosophy, Milan, Italy,2014
  • Acted as reviewer of the International Journal ‘La Camera Blu’ published from University of Naples, Italy, 2014.
  • Chaired a session on Moral & Socio-Political Thought-Asia & Africa in the Afro-Asian Philosophy Association Conference, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Mumbai &Indian Philosophical Congress, 20th-23rd October,2010
  • Chaired a Session on Philosophy of Religion in the 88th Indian Philosophical Congress Hosted by Dept. of Philosophy, The Madura College (Autonomous), Madurai, Tamilnadu, 27th-30th December,2013
  • Chaired Plenary Session on Aristotle,Nature & the Great Chain of Being by Prof. Robin Attfield in the World Congress in Philosophy.The Philosophy of Aristotle , 15th July at Athens University, Athens, Greece, 2016
  • Serving as one of Joint Secretaries, Indian Philosophical Congress, since 2013

Professional Experiences:

  • Past:.
    • Associate Professor in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of North  Bengal, Darjeeling, India,  (20.02.2010 to 20.02.2013)
    • Reader, Department of Philosophy, University of  North Bengal, Darjeeling, India, (20.02.2007 to 19.02.2010)
    • Reader & Lecturer, Barasat College under West Bengal College Service Commission, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India,(01.4.1989-20.02.2007)
    • Lecturer,Bankura Saradamoni College,Bankura,under West Bengal College Service Commission, West Bengal, India,(21.09.1987-31.03.1989)
  • Present:
    • Professor, Dept.of Philosophy, University of North Bengal.,
    • Worked under Prof. Mcbride as visiting research scholar on the Concept of Justice at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, US in 2012.
  • External Examiner of:
    • M.Phil Dissertation, on A Study of Surrogate Motherhood, University of Calcutta, 2010
    • Ph.D thesis of Three Scholars of Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.2009, 2013, 2016
    • P.G Examination in the Dept of Philosophy, University of Gour Banga, Malda, 2015

Innovations/Contributions to Teaching:

  1. Associated with Distance Education Programme at NBU, participated in paper-setting, scrutinizing in the PCP for P.G &Bridge course students from 2008 onwards
  2. Involved in updating of subject content from time to time & course improvement in terms of syllabi in P.G, M.Phil &Ph.D Course work.

Participation/ Resource person in Refresher Course/ Workshop:

  1. Lectures delivered during ICPR Sponsored Refresher Course in Philosophy on 8th, 9th and 12th March, 2007 as a Resource Person.NBU.
  2. Lectures delivered as a Visiting Research Professor at the Centre of Culture and Values, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  U.S.A from 15th Sep-17th Oct, 2008.
  3. Lecture delivered on Gender Discrimination in a seminar arranged by Dept. of Philosophy, Siliguri College on 18th August, 2009
  4. Special lectures delivered in the U.G.C Sponsored Refresher Course, on ‘Status and Empowerment of Women, in the Academic Staff College at University of North Bengal on 25th and 26th November 2009.
  5. Special lectures delivered in the U.G.C Sponsored Refresher Course, on ‘Women in India: Problems &Prospects, in the Academic Staff College at University of North Bengal on 22ndand 23rd November 2010.
  6. Delivered lectures regularly at Academic Staff College, University of North Bengal from 2013 onwards till date in Refresher Courses and Orientation Courses.
  7. Special Lecture  delivered  as Resource Person in the Work shop ‘ Empowering Young Women surprising Change’  at Raigang Surendranath College,8th September,2016
  8. Lecture delivered in UGC Sponsored National Seminar at Samsi College,Malda ,23rd july,2016 on the Concept of Death

 Details Seminars coordinated with funding agency:

  • ICPR sponsored National Seminar on ‘Values Embedded in Indian Culture &their relevance at present time on 3rd-4th February, 2009
  • UGC sponsored one day Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Applied Ethics on 20th August, 2010, in the Dept.of Philosophy, NBU
  • National Seminar on Phenomenology &Meaning, Dept of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, 2011.
  • UGC sponsored National Seminar ‘Reason, Emotion &Dream, 23rd November, 2014
  • UGC SAP DRS III sponsored two day national seminar on ‘Language &Meaning’, 9th-10th February, 2016

 Details Administrative Experiences:

  • Head, Department of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, India, From 26.11.09 to 25.11.11
  • Lecturer –in-Charge, Barasat College, from 2-05- 2005 to 20-02-2007
  • Member, Under Graduate Board of Studies, University of North Bengal.2010-2012
  • Member, Anti- Ragging Squad, University of North Bengal.2010-2012
  • Member, Library Committee, University of North Bengal.2010-2012
  • Member, DDE, NBU, 2010-Till date
  • Acted as a University Nominee for the screening committee in connection with the CAS of teacher in University B.T & Evening College, 2009
  • Acted as a member of Selection Committee in connection with the appointment of college teachers (part-time) in the following colleges.
    • Jaigaon College on 7th September 2009.
    • Anandachandra College on19th September 2009
    • Bakshirhat College on 11th December.2009
  • Acted as an expert for the extension of Mrs. Panchali Sengupta, Dept. of Economics, NBU on 17th September 2009.
  • Acted as a member of Screening Committee for CAS of University teacher on 15th Feb, 2010

Management of the Department:

  • Member, Board of Research Studies in Philosophy, NBU, 2009-till date
  • Member P.G Board of Studies in Philosophy, University of North Bengal, 2007 0nwards
  • Member, M.Phil Committee in Philosophy, NBU, 2008 onwards

Committees for student welfare:

  • Member, Cultural Sub-Committee, 22nd West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress, NBU, 2015
  • Convener, Medical Sub Committee,45th Annual Convocation, University of North Bengal,2015
  • Member, Cultural Sub-Committee,46th Annual Convocation, University of North Bengal,2016

Research Projects: ( Research Experience Including Research Projects Completed.)

  1. Research Project completed:
    1. Worked as a research scholar on Advaita Vedanta at the Indian Academy of Philosophy, Belgachia Villa, Kolkata, 1986
    2. Worked as an Research Associate on Environmental Ethics at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla  in 2001(June), 2002(June) 2004 (June) sponsored by University Grants Commission New Delhi.

Selective List of Publications:

  1. A Quest for Meaning-An approach, Indian Philosophical Quarterly Vol-xxiv, No.2, University of Poona, April, 1997.pp.239-252.
  2. Moore’s Linguistic Turn, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 15, No.3, July,1998.pp.341-347.
  3. Transcendental Idealism - A Defense in Copula; Journal of Philosophy Department, Jahangir Nagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June, 2000.pp.25-33.
  4. Paper entitled Breaking the Silence:Feminism &Posthumanism,published in the issue of Gender &The Post human in the journal ‘La Camera Blu’,University of Naples,Italy,2014
  5. Paper entitled ‘Religion in Public Sphere-Indian Perspective’ in the edited volume titled ‘The Role of Religion in the Public Sphere: The Post secular Model of Jurgen Habermas and Beyond’, published by, Centre for Values and Philosophy, Washington D.C.U.S.2014.
  6. Paper entitled: In Quest of Quality of Life: Creativity and Culture in the Dialogue of Cultural Traditions: a Global Perspective, ed., Prof. Swift and others, The Council of Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington DC, 2008. Pp.465-468.
  7. Article on ‘Ceremonies’ in the 21st century Handbook of  Anthropology, edited by Prof. James Brix, Sage  Publications, Thousand Oaks,U.S.A,2010.pp.764-772.
  8. An Article in the Encyclopedia of Anthropology [Five Volumes set] entitled Rituals of India In the third volume; Sage publications, Thousand Oaks, U.S.A. California, 2006

Details Books Authored: 

  1. Darsaner Samasyabali- ( in Bengali) Translation of Bertrand Russell’s Problems of philosophy, Publisher-Dipayan,20,college street,2002
  2. Redefining the boundary of social justice in a Global Age:A Critical Study  (In Press)

 Details  Books Edited:

  1. Co-edited a book on Moral Language, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi(NBU Studies in Philosophy-15),2010.(ISBN:81-7211-287-4)
  2. Co-edited a book on Phenomenology & Meaning. Northern Book Centre, New Delhi,(NBU studies in Philosophy-22),2014.(ISBN:81-7211-334-X)
  3. Co-edited Philosophical Papers: Journal of Department of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, India, vol-6, 2009. (ISSN:- 0976-4496)
  4. Co-edited Philosophical Papers: Journal of Department of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, India, vol-7, March-2010. (ISSN:- 0976-4496)

 Details  Papers in Journals, Proceedings and Edited Volumes:

  1. A Quest for Meaning-An approach, Indian Philosophical Quarterly Vol-xxiv, No.2, University of Poona, April, 1997.pp.239-252.
  2. Moore’s Linguistic Turn, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 15, No.3, July,1998.pp.341-347.
  3. Transcendental Idealism - A Defense in Copula; Journal of Philosophy Department, Jahangir Nagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June, 2000.pp.25-33.
  4. Duties to Oneself-A Reflection, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, vol.17, October 2000.pp.439-444.
  5. The Genesis of Environmental Crisis-A Quest in The Proceedings of the 74th session of Indian Philosophical Congress, Magadh University, Bodhgaya, Bihar.2000
  6. The Eco-Vision in Spinoza’s thought,-An Approach, Select Proceedings of Indian Philosophical Congress, 76th session, ed., S. Gopalan, 2002.pp-390-394.
  7. Delimiting Ontology; Immanuel Kant and J. Derrida; An Approach in Understanding Philosophy, Eastern &Western Perspectives, edit. M. Ghosh, Sundeep Prakasan, New Delhi, 2004.pp-213-216.
  8. Nari Pragati; Tathya-o-Satya,(in Bengali), Journal of ISISAR,Kriti-o-Aneshwa,2004
  9. Influence of Aristotle on the Fabric of John Locke’s Thought in Musings on Philosophy, Perennial &Modern, ed., M. Ghosh, Sundeep Prakasan, Delhi, 2005.pp-167-172.
  10. Sri Aurobindo’s Vision of Individual and Community: an Overview in the Spirit of Indian and Western Philosophy, ed., R. Murali, Sundeep Prakashan, Delhi, 2006.pp.140-145.
  11. Aging in a changing scenario; Some Reflections, Ethics, Values &Society: Social Transformation, edit,Ghazala Irfan Lahore university of Management Sciences, Oxford University Press, Karachi,2006.pp.140-142.
  12. Philosophy and Politics - A Kantian Perspective, Departmental journal of philosophy, Barasat College, 2005-2006
  13. Contemporary Crisis of Humanity and Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, Arts Faculty Journal-Barasat College, 2005-2006. pp.75-78
  14. The Need for Universal Education in the Emerging Age of Global Society-Article Published In Paideia: Education In The Global Era Edit. K. Boudoris and M. Knezevic Athens 2008 p.202-206
  15. Abstract entitled: Buddhism and Post-Modernism - An Approach Published in The Proceedings of World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, Korea 30th July-5th August.2008.
  16. Abstract entitled: Towards a New Conception of Identity and Freedom in a Pluralistic Society Published in Pre-Congress Conference, Soongsil University, Seoul, Korea.27th July-28th.2008
  17. Abstract Entitled: Global Environmental Ethics and Local Contents of Action published In 5th International Philosophy Conference, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 30th April to 2nd May 2008.
  18. Paper Entitled: Death Unveiled: A Buddhist and Postmodernist Approach in the edited book on Buddhism, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi, 2010 pp.109-115.
  19. Paper entitled: In Quest of Quality of Life: Creativity and Culture in the Dialogue of Cultural Traditions: a Global Perspective, ed., Prof. Swift and others, The Council of Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington DC, 2008. Pp.465-468.
  20. A paper entitled: Justice and Housework: The Role of Gender in Indian Society in the Journal of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal in April 2007.
  21. Paper entitled Scepticism: Resting or a Dwelling place? A Note on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason published in Philosophical View,a bi-annual Journal,published from Kathmandu,Nepal,2014
  22. Paper entitled Breaking the Silence:Feminism &Posthumanism,published in the issue of Gender &The Posthuman in the journal ‘La Camera Blu’,University of Naples,Italy,2014
  23. Paper entitled ‘Religion in Public Sphere-Indian Perspective’ in the edited volume titled ‘The Role of Religion in the Public Sphere: The Post secular Model of Jurgen Habermas and Beyond’, publishesd by Centre for Values and Philosophy, Washington D.C.U.S.2014.
  24. Paper titled ‘The Rights of the Marginalized’, published in the edited volume ‘Human Rights &Duties ‘by the Law Dept.University of North Bengal,2015
  • Edited Volumes
  1. Co-edited a book on Moral Language, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi(NBU Studies in Philosophy-15),2010.(ISBN:81-7211-287-4)
  2. Co-edited a book on Phenomenology & Meaning. Northern Book Centre, New Delhi,(NBU studies in Philosophy-22),2014.(ISBN:81-7211-334-X)
  3. Co-edited Philosophical Papers: Journal of Department of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, India, vol-6, 2009. (ISSN:- 0976-4496)
  4. Co-edited Philosophical Papers: Journal of Department of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, India, vol-7, March-2010. (ISSN:- 0976-4496)

 Details  Presentations:

  • Presented a paper in the National Seminar on   Modernity    and Women entitled: Justice and Housework; an Applied Critique of  Traditional Indian Ethics of Gender Roles at the Indian Institute of Advanced  Study, Rastrapati Nivas, Shimla, June, 2001
  • Presented a paper entitled: InfoTech Age and Emerging trends in value system in the Platinum Jubilee session, Indian Philosophical Congress, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, 28th December 2000, 1st January 2001.
  • Presented paper entitled Eco-Development and Philosophy of Peace in the World peace Congress held at Calcutta organized by International Society for Inter Cultural Studies and Research and IPPNO.(U.S.A),3RD-7TH JAN,2001
  • Presented  a paper entitled  The Ethical Aspects of Environmental Issues in the 21st  World Congress of Philosophy,Istanbul,Turky,10th-17th August,2003
  • Presented  a paper on Swami Vivekananda’s Vision of Harmony and Peace-A Philosophical Approach in the International Conference on World Peace,Gujrat University,Dept. of Philosophy,Ahmedabad,29th Dec,2003-2nd Jan,2004.
  • Presented a paper entitled The Status of Women in  present India- An Overview in the World Peace Congress held at Calcutta by International Society for Inter-Cultural Studies and Research,3rd-7th jan,2005
  • Presented a paper entitled The Global Environmental Justice in a changing  scenario in the 18th International Conference of Philosophy, Kavala- Greece,18th-27th july,2006
  • Presented a paper entitled Kant’s Critical Method:Some Reflections in the 81st session of Indian Philosophical Congress,15th-20th Dec,2006,Convention Centre,Delhi University,Delhi.
  • Presented a paper entitled: the Impact of Ecology & Economics in Shaping Global Society in the Interim World Congress, Convention Centre, Delhi University, Delhi.15th-20th Dec. 2006.
  • Presented a Paper entitled The need for Universal Education in the Emerging Age of Global Society in the International Conference of Philosophy, Samos, Greece, July,2007
  • Presented  a Paper in the symposium on Sarvadharmasamabhava, organized by Indian Philosophical Congress, Gujarat Vidyapith, Gujarat, 22nd  to 25th October,2008
  • Presented a Paper entitled  The Relevance of Aristotle’s Thought in the 21st Century in the International Conference of  Philosophy,Crete,Greece,12th-18th July, 2008
  • Presented a Paper entitled Buddhism and Postmodernism in the 22nd World Congress of Philosophy at Seoul University, Seoul, Korea, 30th-5th august,2008
  • Presented a paper in Pre-Congress Conference, Soongsil University, Seoul, Korea, 27th-28th July, 2008 entitled Towards a New Conception of Identity and Freedom in a Pluralistic Society.
  • Presented a paper entitled The Sacred and the Secular-Indian Perspective at the Centre of Culture and Values, Washington, D.C., 17th Oct, 2008.
  • A paper entitled Deep Ecology- the Vision of Mahatma; a Study in the Indian Philosophical Congress held on from 26th to 29th October 2007 at the Department of Philosophy, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Paper entitled Scepticism: Resting or a Dwelling place? : A Note in the Proceeding 84th Session of Indian Philosophical Congress held on from 24th to 27th October 2009 at the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai.
  • Paper entitled: Reflections on the Concept of Suffering: Buddhist and Postmodernist Perspective  at the 1st Asian Philosophy Congress , J.N.U, New Delhi from 6th to 9th of March.2010.
  • Paper entitled: Scepticism: A Quinean Approach in the one day UGC Sponsored National Seminar on 5th February 2010
  • Paper presented on Pursuit of Women Intellect in the fields of Literature, Asian Philosophy Congress, New Delhi,J.N.U.6th-9th March,2010
  • Presented paper on Culture & Environment:A Philosophical Analysis in Afro-Asian Association Conference,Dept.of Philosophy,University of Mumbai,20th-23rf October,2010
  • Paper entitled ‘Dharna in the Age of Internet-Challenges &Possibilities’ presented in the Association of Asian Scholars,Hawaii Convention Center,Honululu,Hawaii,USA,31st March-3rd April,2011
  • Paper entitled ‘Religion in Public Sphers:Indian Perspective’ presented in the seminar Role of Religions in Public Discourse:Recent Developments in the Thoughts of Jurgen Habermas,held in the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy,Washington DC,April,2012
  • Paper entitled ‘On Sustainable Development’,AAS Annual Conference,Hilton hotel,Torento,Canada,March,2012
  • Paper presented in the 87th Indian Philosophical Congress,entitled ‘From Local to Global:Justice without Borders’,Mithila University,7th-10th December,2012
  • Presented paper on ‘Toward a Sustainable Future &Environmental Justice:Indian Perspective at International Conference on Good Governance,Sustainable Development &Environmental Justice in SAARC Region,organized by Dept.of Law,NBU,1ST-2nd December,2012
  • ‘Revisiting Secularism:A Study’ presented in the International Conference on Rethinking Religion in India at Law College,Mangalore,India,November,2012
  • ‘Eco-Culture as a Way of Life’ presented in the U.G.C Sponsored National Seminar,Dept.of Anthropology,University of North Bengal,21st-22nd March,2013
  • Paper presented on ‘ Toward a Sustainable Future:The Vedic Wisdom & its relevance in 21st centuryin the 1st International Conference of ISIS 2013,Jawaharlal Neheru National Youth Centre,New Delhi,29th-31st March,2013
  • ‘Interpreting Indian Secularism:A Study’presented in the U.G.C Sponsored National Seminar,Dept. of History,University of North Bengal,18th-20th February,2013
  • Presented paper entitled ‘Deliberative Democracy’ in the World Congress in Philosophy,Athens University ,4th-10th,August,2013
  • Presented paper entitled ‘The Affinity between Nietszche & Das’ at the 5th Conference of the Beyond Humanism Conference Series:The Posthuman:Differences,Embodiments,Performativity,11th-14th September,2013,University of Rome,Rome,Italy.
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘The Concept of Good Life’in the 88th Indian Philosophical Congress,hosted by Dept. of Philosophy,The Madura College(Autonomous),Madurai,Tamilnadu,27th-30th December,2013
  • Paper presented in the International Conference on Posthuman Politics.6th Beyond Humanism Conference,Reinterpreting Citizenship in the Posthumanist Era,25th-28th September,2014,University of Ageon,Lesbos,Greece
  • Paper entitled ‘Ecophenomenological Vision:Balancing the harmony of the earth’ presented in the 64th Congress of Phenomenology,organized by the World Phenomenology Institute,hosted by the Catholic University of Sacred Heart,Milan,Italy,1st-3rd October,2014
  • Paper entitled ‘Rights of the Marginalized:A Study,presented in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Human Rights and Duties:Issues and Challenges in the SAARC Region,organized by Dept. of Law,University of North Bengal,15th-17th November,2014
  • Paper presented ‘The Rebel:David Hume on Religion’ in the three day national seminar on Philosophy of Religion27th-29th November,2014.Dept.of Philosophy,University of North Bengal.
  • Paper presented titled ‘Global Justice:A Study’ in the 89th session of Indian Philosophical Congress,held during 5th-8th January,2015,A.N.University,A.P.India
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Deconstructing the unheard voices of the subaltern’ in the ICPR sponsored two day national seminar on Women’s Issues in Philosophy & Comparative Religion,Viswa-Bharati,Santiniketan,27th-28th March,2015
  • ‘Global Justice:Myth or Reality’,presented in the 27th International Conference of Philosophy,Athens,Greece,11th-16th july,2015
  • Paper presented entitled ‘The Lived Experince of Posthuman Phenomenology’held in the Harvard Science Centre,Harvard University,Massachutes,US,hosted by World Phenomenology Institute,4th-6th june,2015
  • Paper titled ‘The Role of Cyberspace in South Asian Women Intellectuals Lives’ presented in the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars,held at Adelaide Convention Centre,Australia,5th-9th july,2015
  • Paper titled ‘Body-enhancement &Morphological Freedom’ accepted for presentation in the Glocal Symposium ‘Posthumanism & Society’at New York University on 8th May.2015
  • Paper entitled ‘Good Governance &Digital India’,presented in the National Seminar on’Changing Dimensions of Concept of Legal Systems &Rule of Law:Emerging Trends in Constitutionalism’,hosted by the Dept. of Law,University of North Bengal,19th-20th December,2015.
  • Paper presented on the ‘The Role of Good Governance for making Digital India’,in the 90th Indian Philosophical Congress,hosted by Magadth University,Bodh-Gaya,Bihar,1st-4th February,2016..
  • Paper entitled ‘Real and the Virtual: The Post humanist Futuristic Conditions’, presented in the two day Glocal Symposium, New York University,21st-22nd April,2016
  • Paper entitled ‘Aristotle’s concept of Justice in the 21st Century presented as invited speaker in the World congress on Aristotle,10th-15th July, Athens University,.Greece.