"Nirmalangshu Mukherji is a careful, judicious scholar, and his inquiry into these intricate and often shattering issues is sensitive and I think persuasive. For India, these are topics of central concern, but the implications are far broader. Throughout the world the search for resources and modern industrial and agricultural development are coming into conflict with indigenous societies and infringing on their fundamental rights. The Indian case is a particularly dramatic example, but with far-reaching implications." – Noam Chomsky
About the Author
Nirmalangshu Mukherji is Professor of Philosophy at Delhi University. He studies the structure of language as it relates to general properties of human mind, and he also writes on justice and human rights. His publications include The Primacy of Grammar (MIT Press 2010) and December 13: Terror over Democracy (Bibliophile SouthAsia 2005).
Nirmalangshu Mukherji is Professor of Philosophy at Delhi University. He started out aiming to become a philosopher of science, drifted into epistemology, moved on to classical philosophy of language, became drawn to cognitive science, and somehow ended up looking at biolinguistics, nature of musical organization, and the general properties of the human mind. The effort led to dozens of papers and two books: "Cartesian Mind" (2000) and "Primacy of Grammar" (2010).
Currently working on a book tentatively titled "Routes to Reference". The work generally falls under what is now known as internalist approaches on human language; among other things, Mukherji hopes to examine how the human linguistic system interacts with non-linguistic systems to 'give' the world to us so that we can talk about it on favourable occasions.
Mukherji is also professionally interested on general questions of life, including the character of philosophical practice. There is no conscious attempt, but sometimes these two apparently disjoint interests seem to merge. He has published many articles in the area mostly in reputed anthologies
There is also a third, more recent interest: to do something about peace, justice, human rights. He writes regularly for a variety of political forums such as Znet, Outlook, Economic and Political Weekly. He has published "Terror Over Democracy" (2005) earlier. His most recent publication in this category is "Maoists in India: Tribals Under Siege" (2012). There is little academic philosophy in these political writings, but Mukherji thinks that he couldn't have written them without lifelong engagement with philosophy.