I have completed my doctoral research on the Nyaya theory of illusion where I have tried to build up a cognitive model of illusion depending on the Nyaya insight. And the Nyaya hypotheses on which the model is built up is supported by the findings of Neuroscience.
So, at present the areas of my interest are Cognitive Neuroscience and the Nyaya theory of Illusion.
Along with the areas of interest, the other areas of competence are Inductive and Deductive Logic, Analytical Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Advaita Vedanta Philosophy and the Indian Theories of Illusion.
I completed my graduation from Presidency College (University of Calcutta) in the year 2002 and became the First Class First in Philosophy in the University.
I completed my post-graduation from Jadavpur University in the year 2004 and became the First Class First in Philosophy in the University.
I have completed my M.Phil in Jadavpur University in the year 2008. The title of my dissertation was "Presuppositions of Illusion: An Indian Perspective" and it was written under the supervision of Professor Amita Chatterjee.
I have been awarded with PhD degree from Jadavpur University in the year 2017. I have worked under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Amita Chatterjee and the title of my thesis is "A Plausible Cognitiove Model of the Nyaya Theory of Illusion".
After the completion of M.A., I was selected as project fellow in Rabindra Bharati University and continued my project on conceptual and non-conceptual content of experience for consecutive two years.
In 2007 I was selected as Junior Research Fellow by the UGC-NET Bureau.
I was appointed as Assistant Professor of Philosophy in WBES immediately after my completion of M. Phil in Jadavpur University, and posted at Jhargram Raj College on 02.01.2009, where I had been teaching for six and a half year before I was transferred to Government General Degree College at Mejia (Gopalpur) on 10.06.2015.
I joined Presidency University in the Department of Philosophy as an Assistant Professor on 17th September, 2016.
Research / Administrative Experience+
During my Project Fellowship I submitted the project on conceptual and non-conceptual content of experience. My M. Phil dissertation was on the underlying presuppositions of the Indian philosophical schools guiding their theories of illusion. And in the Doctoral research I have tried to find out some empirical evidences from neuroscience in support of the Nyaya theory of illusion. With the help of the Nyaya insight I have built up a cognitive model of illusion.
As WBES officer I performed several administrative duties in the colleges such as the duties regarding examination, admission, student election etc. I was NSS Programme Officer in Jhargram Raj College.
Proposal on a Research Project entitled ‘Can We Prove that We Never Know Wrongly? A Reevaluation of the Pr?bh?kara Theory of Error’ has accepted in Asiatic Society, Kolkata. The proposal has been accepted on 16.12.2019. The proposed budget is Rs.2,50,000/-.
Teaching / Other Experience+
In the Odd Semester, 2020 I am teaching the following courses:
1. Philosophy of Mind (UG III, 5th Sem)
2. Indian Epistemology and Tarkavidya (PG-I, 1st Sem)
4. Philosophy of Mind 1: Metaphysics of Mind (PG II, 3rd Sem)
I was Guest Lecturer in Presidency College from July, 2005 to April, 2006.
As Project Fellow I took Undergraduate classes in Rabindra Bharati University from March, 2005 to August, 2006.
I was Part-Time Lecturer in Bhangar Mahavidyalaya from August, 2007 to February, 2008.
I served Jhargram Raj College and Government General Degree College at Mejia (Gopalpur) as Assistant Professor in WBES from 02.01.2009 to 09.06.2015 and from 10.06.2015 to 16.09.2015 respectively.
In Jhargram Raj College I was Programme Officer of NSS Unit. In Government General Degree College at Mejia (Gopalpur) I was the Head of the Department and took the charge of acting Officer-in-Charge for some days.
In Presidency University I have worked as a member of Examination committee and PhD committee.
Post Graduate Supervision+
I am a Life Member of Indian Philosophical Congress.
Pal, M. (2005). A Reflection on Stevenson’s Refutation of Moore’s First Argument against Naturalistic Definition of ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’. Rabindra Bharati Journal of Philosophy, 9, 73-86. (ISSN No. 0973-0087).
Pal, M. (2009). Value-Oriented Education. Perspectives On Education. Edited by Madhumita Chattopadhyaya and Chhanda Gupta, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 225-230. (ISBN No. 978-81-906429-4-1)
Pal, M. (2012). Bhashapariccheda, Siddhantamuktavali O Dinakari abalambane Akhyativada O Anyathakhyativada alocana (in Bengali). Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy (Darshana Veeksha), 22(2) 23-30. (ISSN No. 0975-6833)
Pal, M., Sugu, D., and Chatterjee, A. (2015). A model of ‘creative’ perceptual experience. Cognition, Experience and Creativity. Edited by J.A. Manjaly and B. Indurkhya, Orient Blackswan Private Limited, New Delhi, 35-62. (ISBN No. 978 81 250 5731 4)
Pal, M. (2017). Ages of Reason (Review on the Book Messages from the Deep: The West Encounters the Rig Veda by Sati Chatterjee). Published in The Telegraph, Volume XXXV, No. 323, on 2nd June, 2017.
Pal, M. (2018). Epistemic Category of the first Acquaintance of Fragrant Sandal: A Debate. Indian Philosophical Quarterly. 45(4), 13-44. (ISSN No. 0376-415x)
Pal, M. (2018). Synaesthesia: A Window to Neurophysiological Model of Creativity. Sandhan (Journal of Centre for Studies in Civilizations). 18(1&2), 1-40. (ISSN No. 0972-3609)
Pal, M. (2018-19). The Cases for Hanadibuddhi: Moment Examinations. Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy. 28(1) (English), 101-134. (ISSN No. 0975-6833)
Pal, M. (2019). A Critical Exposition on Asatkhyativada. Knowledge, Mind and Reality, Edited by Siddique Alam Beg and Sahabuddin Ahmed Jamader, Paiolck, Kolkata. 51-62. (ISBN No. 978-93-88207-56-0)
Pal, M. (2020). The Cognitive Model of Anuvyavasaya. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. 37(1), 133-157. DOI 10.1007/s40961-020-00194-7. Published online on 29. 01.2020. (ISSN 0970-7794)
Pal, M. Paschatya Manovidya (in Bengali). West Bengal State Book Board. Kolkata (forthcoming).
Pal, M. A Debate on the Possibility of Pramana and Prameya. Calcutta University Journal of Philosophy. (forthcoming)
Pal, M. A Plausible Cognitive Model of the Nyaya Theory of Illusion. Logic, Ethics and Epics: Homage to Late Professor B.K. Matilal. Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University. (forthcoming).
Pal, M. Satkhyativada A Critical Analysis of Ramanuja’s Theory of Error. Rabindra Bharati Journal of Philosophy. (forthcoming).
Pal, M. Advaitins' Account of the Mechanism of Illusion - A Question. Gourbanga University Journal of Philosophy. (forthcoming).
Pal, M. Epistemic Contextualism, Objectivity, Quantifiability and Scepticism: Towards a Model. Journal of Philosophy. Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit. (forthcoming)
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