Please join us for a talk by Dr. Scott R. Stroud (Temple PhD, 2006), Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stroud will be discussing his latest book, The Evolution of Pragmatism in India: Ambedkar, Dewey, and the Rhetoric of Reconstruction (University of Chicago/HarperCollins India, 2023), which is the most comprehensive account to date of Bhimrao Ambedkar’s encounter with Deweyan pragmatism at Columbia University during 1913-1916 and the ways it shaped his innovative pursuit of social justice in India.
In this talk, Scott R. Stroud discusses some of the main themes in his latest published book. The historical contours of their educational and intellectual relationship will be detailed, as well as the appropriation of Deweyan concepts and methods by Ambedkar to forge a new vision of pragmatism and Buddhism.
Co-sponsored by: Department of Religion, Department of Philosophy, and the Asian Studies Program