Keya Maitra, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Thomas Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities

Contact Information

  • 828-251-6365
  • 239 Whitesides Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Thursday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Note: Students can send an email during these time frames and expect a response either right away or within 3-5 hours via Google Hangouts.


Philosophy Department Chair and Associate Professor Keya Maitra has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the  University of Connecticut and a second Ph.D. in philosophy from the  University of Hyderabad in India. She has specialized in Indian philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.  Her book, On Putnam was published in 2002. Dr. Maitra is a member of the Indian Philosophical Society, the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and the  Association for Asian Studies.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. - University of Burdwan
  • M.A. - Visva Bharati University
  • Ph.D. - University of Hyderabad
  • Ph.D. - University of Connecticut

Courses Taught

  • HUM 214 The Medieval and Renaissance World
  • LS 479 Cultivating Contemporary Citizenship
  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 213 The Human Religious Experience
  • PHIL 260 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 303 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 307 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 352 Philosophy of Perception
  • PHIL 352 Consciousness and Self-Consciousness
  • PHIL 402 Senior Research Seminar



  • 2003  On Putnam (Wadsworth Philosophers Series), Wadsworth-Thomson Learning, CA. (Peer Reviewed)

Published Journal Articles

  • Forthcoming    “Mindfulness, anatman, and the Possibility of a Feminist Self-consciousness” in Liberating Traditions: Essays in Feminist Comparative Philosophy (edited by A. Burton & J. Mcweeny); Columbia University Press.
  • Forthcoming    “Meanings of ‘Multiculturalism’: Can Philosophy be Taught from a truly Multiculturalist Perspective?” in Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion.
  • “Questions of Identity & Agency in Feminism without Borders: A Mindful Response” Hypatia Special Issue on Crossing Borders, vol. 28:2; pp. 360-376, 2013.
  • “Ambedkar & the Constitution of India: A Deweyan Experiment” Democratic Experimentalism, Special Issue ofContamporary Pragmatism, vol. 9:2; pp. 301-320, 2012.
  • “Meanings of ‘Multiculturalism’: Can Philosophy be Taught from a truly Multiculturalist Perspective?” Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion, 2006.
  • Comparing the Bhagavad-Gita and Kant: A Lesson in Comparative Philosophy” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, vol. 13:1, Spring; pp. 63-67, 2005.
  • Self-Knowledge: Privileged in Access or Privileged in Authority?” Southwest Philosophy Review, vol. 21:2, July; pp. 101-114, 2002.
  • "Leibniz’s Doctrine of Error” International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 10:1, February; pp. 63-73, 2001.
  • An Understanding of the Concept of ‘Indian Culture’: A Naturalist Alternative”, Asian Philosophy, vol. 11:1, March; pp. 15-22, 1992.
  • “The Theory of Natural Kind Terms and Internal Realism,” The Journal of the Indian Academy of Philosophy, XXXI:1; pp. 53-65, 1992.
  • “Wittgenstein’s ‘Individualistic Conception’ of Rule-Following: A Critique”, Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy, 4:2; pp. 1-12.

Book Chapters

  • “Ancient India: Introduction”; “Introduction” (Rig Veda); “Introduction” (Katha Upanisad) in The Asheville Reader: The Ancient World (eds. Hook, Moseley & Peters); Copley Custom Publishing Com; pp. 237-9; 240-1; 254. 2004.