Country: India Language: English
Organizations: Carmelites of Mary Immaculate - Dharmaram College
Expertise: Education, Philosophy, Comparative Religions Focus area: Academic, Religious Religious affiliation: Christianity

Director, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate

Rev. Jose Nandhikkara CMI, a Carmelite Priest, is the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Christ University, Bangalore. He also serves as Director of the Centre for the Study of World Religions and Chief Editor of the Journal of Dharma. He also works in the fields of Comparative Religion and Religious Experience and promotes Faiths Seeking Harmony of Life and Fellowship in Religious Experience, through visits, workshops, lectures and conferences. In his interreligious work he is guided by the Vedic vision, “Let noble thoughts come from all sides” (Rgveda 1.89.1) and the motto, fides querens harmonium vitae – faith seeking harmony of life. He has an excellent academic record, with three Bachelor degrees in Philosophy, Geology, and Theology and an MA in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University, as well as a Licentiate in Philosophy from Gregorian University, Rome. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Warwick University, UK. His doctoral dissertation is titled Being Human from a Religious Point of View, after Wittgenstein. Rev Nandhikkara has authored a book, Being Human after Wittgenstein: A Philosophical Anthropology and edited the compilation, Ethical Interface: Literature, Economics, Politics, Religion. He has also published twenty research articles in a number of national and international journals and edited compilations. He has attended various national and international conferences where he presented research papers on Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Fellows Project: FIRE - Fellowship in Religious Experience in Bangalore

The project is inspired by an interreligious perspective of mutual respect and harmonious living among people of different cultural and religious backgrounds. Through a participative approach to the study of religion – lectures by scholars, discourses by believers, visits to places of religious importance, shared meals, observation of rituals and participation in festivals – the Fellowship

in Religious Experience in Bangalore (FIRE) calls upon religious values in order to educate, organise and mobilise participants on issues that will improve understanding of commonalities, differences and specificities among their traditions. The project stresses the reciprocal interactions and influences between religions and spiritual traditions and the need to promote understanding between them in order to challenge ignorance.