What is a Plant?

-Shivprajval Divakar I begin with Chapter 7 from the 6th standard NCERT textbook for Science titled, ‘Getting to Know Plants’. It is in the 6th standard that science is first introduced as a separate subject, although the subject of Environmental Science is taught from 3rd to 5th standard. Chapter 7 Read more…

Concept Note for Series

-Shivprajval Divakar There is a popular view that science concerns itself with establishing ‘facts’ of the ‘physical world’. It is said that to do this, scientists put aside all of their ‘personal opinions’ and rely solely on ‘objective evidence’ to arrive at their conclusions. A popular view regarding philosophy is Read more…

On Loneliness

Loneliness could quite easily be considered one of the most harrowing aspects of modern life. It presents us with the agonising experience of confronting our own thoughts, particularly those which are critical of our worth and value. Perhaps an even more troubling aspect of it is the feeling that ‘nobody Read more…

Indian Logic and Science- Part 3

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s Book, ‘What is Science?’ ” Indian theories of doubt range from the sceptical mode in some Buddhist schools to a pragmatic approach by philosophies such as Nyaya. Descartes’ methodology of doubt has been extremely influential in philosophy of science. The Read more…

Indian Logic and Science- Part 2

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s Book, ‘What is Science?’ Dr. Sarukkai characterizes the role Indian Logic can play in understanding the nature of Science- ” In recent times, there have been many claims about the relationship of modern science with ancient Indian traditions. In this Read more…

What do Scientists do?- Part 4

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s Book, ‘What is Science?’ Dr. Sarukkai addresses what the work of an experimental scientist entails- “What do experimenters do in their everyday work? The paradigm of experiments must be the test tube experiments in schools, where students mix chemicals and Read more…

What do Scientists do?- Part 2

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s Book, ‘What is Science?’ Dr. Sarukkai comments on another aspect of what scientists do- “Arguably the most important marker of science is this capacity to build institutions at all levels of the society. Science is primarily an activity of establishing Read more…

What do Scientists do?- Part 3

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s Book, ‘What is Science?’ Dr. Sarukkai elaborates on the role of scientific models in theoretical work- ” Scientists spend an inordinate amount of time playing around with models and not with the phenomena of the world.” (Page 38) ” Newton Read more…

What do Scientists do? -Part 1

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s book, ‘What is Science?’ Dr. Sarukkai elucidates on the many things scientists do since it is often said that science is what scientists do. “Scientists go to office just like countless others. They have various tasks in their offices. They Read more…

What do we Mean by Science? -Part 2

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s Book, ‘What is Science?’ We now continue from the last post, and summarize further points from the book. Dr Sarukkai elaborates on the idea of science that Karl Popper, a famous philosopher used in his attempts to demarcate scientific hypotheses Read more…

What do we Mean by Science? – Part 1

Part of a Series of Excerpts from Prof. Sundar Sarukkai’s book,’What is Science?’ Dr Sarukkai offers some perspectives prevalent in the 19th century, relevant to science – “…the ‘scientist’ of those times moved between science, theology, political economy and even literature.” “Before the use of the word ‘science’ to refer Read more…

Philosophy for Children – the book

The English version of Prof Sundar Sarukkai’s new book, ‘Philosophy for Children’ is now available for preorder. The hard copy version costs INR 175 and can be preordered here-https://ektaraindia.in/ektarashop/index.php?route=product/product&path=58_98&product_id=470 The e-book version costs INR 110 and can be preordered here-https://ektaraindia.in/ektarashop/index.php?route=product/product&path=102_109&product_id=471 Sundar Sarukkai’s latest book Philosophy for Children will be available Read more…

Reflections on footwear

From the Editorial Team (Dr. Meera Baindur). While ruminating on the phenomenon of walking barefoot, my thoughts turned to footwear. I was wondering while we did throw away the excess baggage of the metaphorical footwear, we do have close connections between footwear and philosophy. Let me recount for you two Read more…

Philosophy for Children Workshops

THE WHAT:     The aim is to make Philosophy as a discourse easily accessible to everyone thereby inculcating a philosophical temper among the society. One of the core activities of the Barefoot Philosophers is the intervention at an educational level. Introducing philosophical ideas at school levels is key for a sustainable Read more…

Waltz , Write for us

Email us at editorbarefootphilosophy@gmail.com  for submission and other website queries.  If you choose to submit content for us, Do! Walk with us… Submit original articles, essays, poems, images, podcasts, or any form of audio visual content. Check with our team (scroll up for the email) before submission for the parameters Read more…

Who are we ?

  Dr. Sundar Sarukkai is the founder of the Barefoot Philosophers initiative. His work is primarily in the philosophy of natural and social sciences. He is the author of Translating the World: Science and Language (2002), Philosophy of Symmetry (2004) , Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science (2005), What is Read more…

Courses

Science and Society : The Indian Context Tarabai Modak Lecture Series on Science and Society was held by Prof. Sundar Sarukkai in June-July 2020. Organised by APSoE TISS – Hyderabad. Jointly hosted by APSoE, Barefoot Philosophers, and Cadence Education, Kerala.

Projects

PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN Is Philosophy a discourse only for the wise and old? Could children engage with matters of philosophical concern? The Philosophy Summer Camp for Kids works with the understanding that yes, of course children can have philosophical discussions. Children by nature are inquisitive, curios and ask questions. That makes them the Read more…

Notice Board

An exhibition curated by Dr. Srajana Kaikini to take place in The Guild, in Alibaug. Meera Baindur speaks at the UN Food Systems Summit on Farm and Food Workers Rights. May 27th 2021 11am – 12.30 pm ET. Register here Sundar Sarukkai Speaks as part of the Oxford South Asian Read more…

What is barefoot philosophers?

The idea for Barefoot Philosophers started a long time ago in the many workshops and summer schools which Sundar Sarukkai used to organize. He felt a great interest and need by students from different disciplines to learn philosophy – sometimes about what philosophers had said but most times about the Read more…

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Why Barefoot?

by Sundar Sarukkai …. Bare is in. All the enlightened souls I meet – mostly those in Delhi academic circles – keep talking about somebody called Agamben and his idea of ‘bare life’. I must confess that I don’t understand what the fuss about this ‘bare life’ is about. Much Read more…

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