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Summary: Philosophy of religion; religious ethics; comparative and cross-cultural philosophy and religion; South Asian religious and philosophical traditions (esp. Hindu and Buddhist); Wittgenstein
PhD, MA (Leeds)
- Philosophy of religion
- Religious ethics
- Comparative and cross-cultural philosophy and religion
- South Asian religious and philosophical traditions (esp. Hindu and Buddhist)
- Philosophical and interdisciplinary research methods
- Death, illness and emotion
- Conceptions of immortality and eternal life
- Rebirth and reincarnation
- Wittgenstein and Wittgensteinian approaches
Dr Mikel ('Mik') Burley welcomes applications from students wishing to carry out research related to any of his research interests.
- Religion, Belief and Ethics
- Hindu Traditions
- Introduction to South Asian Religions
Funded Research Project
Immortality and Human Finitude: A Philosophical and Theological Study (201415), funded by the Immortality Project, which is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
- Rebirth and the Stream of Life: A Philosophical Study of Reincarnation, Karma and Ethics (New York: Bloomsbury, 2016).
- Contemplating Religious Forms of Life: Wittgenstein and D. Z. Phillips (New York: Continuum, 2012).
- Classical Samkhya and Yoga: An Indian Metaphysics of Experience (London: Routledge, hbk 2007; pbk 2012).
- Hatha-Yoga: Its Context, Theory and Practice (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2000). German edition: Hatha Yoga: Einheit von Körper, Geist und Seele, trans. Elisabeth Liebl (Munich: Random House, 2005). Romanian edition: Hatha-Yoga. Context, teorie, practica, trans. Walter Fotescu (Bucharest: Herald, 2015).
Wittgenstein, Religion and Ethics: New Perspectives from Philosophy and Theology (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).
Language, Ethics and Animal Life: Wittgenstein and Beyond, co-edited with Niklas Forsberg and Nora Hamalainen (London: Bloomsbury, 2012).
- "A Language in Which to Think of the World": Animism, Indigenous Traditions, and the Deprovincialization of Philosophy of Religion', Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (forthcoming, 2019).
- 'Prioritizing Practice in the Study of Religion: Normative and Descriptive Orientations', International Journal of Philosophy and Theology (forthcoming, 2018).
- 'Religious Diversity and Conceptual Schemes: Critically Appraising Internalist Pluralism', Sophia. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11841-018-0637-x.
- 'Religious Pluralisms: From Homogenization to Radicality', Sophia. DOI: 10.1007/s11841-017-0636-3.
- 'Thickening Description: Towards an Expanded Conception of Philosophy of Religion', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (open access).
- 'Dislocating the Eschaton? Appraising Realized Eschatology', Sophia (open access).
- "Mountains of Flesh and Seas of Blood": Reflecting Philosophically on Animal Sacrifice through Dramatic Fiction', Journal of the American Academy of Religion 85.3 (2017): 806832.
- "The Happy Side of Babel": Radical Plurality, Narrative Fiction and the Philosophy of Religion', Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 29.2 (2017): 101132.
- 'Conundrums of Buddhist Cosmology and Psychology', Numen 64.4 (2017): 343370.
- 'Eating Human Beings: Varieties of Cannibalism and the Heterogeneity of Human Life', Philosophy 91 (2016): 483501.
- 'Eternal Life as an Exclusively Present Possession: Perspectives from Theology and the Philosophy of Time', Sophia 55.2 (2016): 145161
- 'Reincarnation and the Lack of Imagination in Philosophy', Nordic Wittgenstein Review 4 (2015): 3964.
- 'How to Teach Philosophy of Religion', Teaching Philosophy 38.4 (2015): 427449.
- '"The End of Immortality!" Eternal Life and the Makropulos Debate', Journal of Ethics 19.3 (2015): 305321.
- Possibilities of Grieving', Philosophy and Literature 39.1 (2015): 154171.
- Approaches to Philosophy of Religion: Contemplating the World or Trying to Find Our Way Home?, Religious Studies 51.2 (2015): 241259.
- Atheisms and the Purification of Faith, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75.4 (2014): 319331.
- Taking Reincarnation Seriously: Critical Discussion of Some Central Ideas from John Hick, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75.3 (2014): 236253.
Karma and Rebirth in the Stream of Thought and Life, Philosophy East and West 64.4 (2014): 965982.
Karma, Morality, and Evil, Philosophy Compass 9.6 (2014): 415430.
A Petrification of Ones Own Humanity? Nonattachment and Ethics in Yoga Traditions, Journal of Religion 94.2 (2014): 204228.
Retributive Karma and the Problem of Blaming the Victim, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74.2 (2013): 149165.
Reincarnation and Ethics, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81.1 (2013): 162187.
Atheism and the Gift of Death, Religious Studies 48.4 (2012): 533546.
Reply to Howard Mounce, Philosophical Investigations 35.3-4 (2012): 377379.
Mounce and Winch on Understanding (or Not Understanding) an Indigenous Society, Philosophical Investigations 35.3-4 (2012): 350372.
Contemplating Evil, Nordic Wittgenstein Review 1.1 (2012): 3554.
Believing in Reincarnation, Philosophy 87 (2012): 261279.
D. Z. Phillips Contemplations on Religion and Literature, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 71.1 (2012): 2137.
Gods Reality, Matters of Fact and D. Z. Phillips, Ars Disputandi 11.1 (2011): 101117.
'Emotion and Anecdote in Philosophical Argument: The Case of Havi Carel's Illness', Metaphilosophy 42.1-2 (2011): 33-48.
'Winch and Wittgenstein on Moral Harm and Absolute Safety', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 67.2 (2010): 81-94.
'Is There a Tension in Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Religion?', Heythrop Journal 51.6 (2010): 1000-1010.
'Epicurus, Death, and the Wrongness of Killing', Inquiry 53.1 (2010): 68-86.
'Immortality and Meaning: Reflections on the Makropulos Debate', Philosophy 84 (2009): 529-547.
'Immortality and Boredom: A Response to Wisnewski', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65.2 (2009): 77-85.
'The B-Theory of Time and the Fear of Death', Polish Journal of Philosophy 2.2 (2008): 21-38.
'Phillips and Realists on Religious Beliefs and the Fruits Thereof', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 64.3 (2008): 141-153.
'Harry Silverstein's Four-Dimensionalism and the Purported Evil of Death', International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16.4 (2008): 559-568.
'Should a B-Theoretic Atheist Fear Death?', Ratio 21.3 (2008): 260-272.
'Phillips and Eternal Life: A Response to Haldane', Philosophical Investigations 31.3 (2008): 237-251.
'A Place for "Something It Is Like" in Our Language', Philosophical Writings 35 (2007): 17-30.
'Lucretius' Symmetry Argument and the Determinacy of Death', Philosophical Forum 38.4 (2007): 327-341.
'Beyond "Beyond A- and B-Time"', Philosophia 34 (2006): 411-416.
'Anticipating Annihilation', Inquiry 49.2 (2006): 170-185.
'Bradley and Schopenhauer, and the Epicurean Argument Concerning Death', Bradley Studies 10.1-2 (2004): 42-54.
'"Aloneness" and the Problem of Realism in Classical Samkhya and Yoga', Asian Philosophy 14.3 (2004): 223-238.
Chapters in books
- '"Being Near Enough to Listen": Wittgenstein and Interreligious Understanding', in Gorazd Andrejč and Daniel H. Weiss, eds. Interpreting Interreligious Relations with Wittgenstein: Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
- 'Wittgenstein and the Study of Religion: Beyond Fideism and Atheism', in Mikel Burley, ed., Wittgenstein, Religion and Ethics: New Perspectives from Philosophy and Theology (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), 49-75.
- 'Samkhya', in Purushottama Bilimoria and Amy Rayner, eds, Routledge History of Indian Philosophy (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018), 131-140.
'Rebirth', in Yujin Nagasawa and Benjamin Matheson, eds, Palgrave Handbook to the Afterlife (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017), 235-254.
'Imagining Philosophy of Religion Differently: Interdisciplinary Wittgensteinian Approaches', in Michael A. Peters and Jeffrey Stickney, eds, A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations (Springer, 2017), 715727.
'Rebirth and "Ethicisation" in Greek and South Asian Thought', in Richard Seaford, ed., Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), 220234.
- The Analysis of Experience in Classical Samkhya, in Jessica Frazier, ed., Categorisation in Indian Philosophy: Thinking Inside the Box (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), 4158.
- Wittgenstein, Religion, and the Rejection of Metaphysics, in Hannes Nykanen, Ylva Gustafsson, and Camilla Kronqvist, eds, Wittgensteinian Approaches to Ethics and the Philosophy of Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), 7491.
Wittgenstein, Wonder and Attention to Animals, in Niklas Forsberg, Mikel Burley and Nora Hamalainen, eds, Language, Ethics and Animal Life: Wittgenstein and Beyond (London: Bloomsbury, 2012), 166178.
Self, Consciousness, and Liberation in Classical Samkhya, in Irina Kutznetsover, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad and Jonardon Ganeri, eds, Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogue: Self and No-Self (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), 4762.
From Fusion to Confusion: A Consideration of Sex and Sexuality in Traditional and Contemporary Yoga, in Mark Singleton and Jean Byrne, eds, Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2008), 184203.
- Memory and Reincarnation, in Mind, Language and Action: Papers of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium, ed. Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, Volker A. Munz and Annalisa Coliva (Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2013), pp. 6668.
- Samkhya and Philosophical Yoga, Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism, ed. Alf Hiltebeitel (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
- 'Non-attachment and Ethics in Yoga Traditions', Devon School of Yoga website (2016).
- 'Eternal Life as a Present Possession', Challenging Religious Issues, No. 8 (2015): 27.
- A Dialogue on Immortality, Think, No. 21 (2009): 9197.
- Is Death a Bad Thing?, Think, No. 16 (2008): 5967.
- The Danish Cartoons: Considering the Consequences, Think, No. 15 (2007): 7781.
- Biology and Anti-Homosexual Disgust, Think, No. 11 (2005): 107112.
- Yoga gegen Yoga, trans. into German by Peter Padam Singh, Yoga Aktuell 28 (2004): 5255.
- Forum Overview (on the philosophy of death), The Philosophers Magazine, No. 27 (2004): 2829.
Review of Jim Kanaris, ed., Reconfigurations of Philosophy of Religion, in Reading Religion, 12 June 2018.
Review of Jessica Frazier, Hindu Worldviews: Theories of Self, Ritual and Reality, in Religious Studies 54.1 (2018): 150-154.
Review of Diana Dimitrova, Hinduism and Hindi Theater, in Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion, 6 October 2017.
Review of Asher Walden, The Metaphysics of Kindness: Comparative Studies in Religious Meta-Ethics, in Religious Studies 52.2 (2016): 281285.
Review essay roundtable on Kevin Schilbrack, Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto (with Luke Fox, William Wood and Kevin Schilbrack), Journal of the American Academy of Religion 83.1 (2015): 236-260.
Review of Thomas D. Carroll, Wittgenstein within the Philosophy of Religion, in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 77.2 (2015): 179182.
Review of C. Stephen Evans, God and Moral Obligation, in Philosophical Quarterly 64 (2014): 159161.
Review of Andrew Gleeson, A Frightening Love: Recasting the Problem of Evil, in Philosophical Papers 42.1 (2013): 155159.
Review of Christopher Bartley, An Introduction to Indian Philosophy, in Religions of South Asia 6.2 (2012): 287289.
Review of Julian C. Hughes, Thinking through Dementia, in British Wittgenstein Society Book Reviews, co-authored with Sue Richardson (November 2011).
Review of The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis and Jerry Root, C. S. Lewis and the Problem of Evil, in Religious Studies 47.4 (2011): 532-537.
Review of Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir, in Religious Studies 47.4 (2011): 527-531.
- Review of Karen Armstrong, The Case for God (unabridged audiobook), in Metapsychology Online Reviews 14.24 (2010).
- Review of Stephen Phillips, Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth: A Brief History and Philosophy, in Metapsychology Online Reviews 14.19 (2010).
- Review of Christopher Hamilton, Middle Age, in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18.1 (2010): 136-140.
- Review of Barry Hallen, A Short History of African Philosophy, in Leeds African Studies Bulletin, No. 71 (2009/2010): 72-73.
- Review of Havi Carel, Illness: The Cry of the Flesh, in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17.4 (2009): 645-650.
- Review of Knut A. Jacobsen, Kapila: Founder of Samkhya and Avatara of Visnu, in The Journal of Hindu Studies 2.2 (2009): 244-246.
- Review of Gwen Griffith-Dickson, The Philosophy of Religion (SCM Core Text), in The British Journal of Religious Education 29.2 (2007): 189-191.
- Review of H. M. Vroom, A Spectrum of Worldviews: An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion in a Pluralistic World, in Religious Studies 43.1 (2007): 111-116.
- Review of S. N. Tandon, A Re-appraisal of Patañjali's Yoga-Sutras in the Light of the Buddha's Teaching, in Traditional Yoga Studies, online (2001).
- 'Substance, Essence, and Soteriological Practice in Samkhya Philosophy', The Samkhya System: Accounting for the Real Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 23 March 2018.
- "A Certain Purity of Attention to the World": The Ethical Demands of Wittgensteinian Philosophizing', Doing Ethics after Wittgenstein Conference, Universität Zürich, Switzerland, 2223 April 2016.
- Imagining Philosophy of Religion Differently: Interdisciplinary Wittgensteinian Approaches, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Conference, Gregynog, Wales, 29 July 2015.
- Being Near Enough to Listen: Wittgenstein and Interreligious Understanding, Wittgenstein and Interreligious Communication, Westminster College, Cambridge, 25 June 2015.
- Immortality and Human Finitude: A Philosophical and Theological Study, The Immortality Project Capstone Conference, University of California, Riverside, 30 May 2015.
- Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion: Beyond Fideism and Atheism, 13th British Wittgenstein Society Lecture, Bloomsbury Institute, London, 12 May 2015.
- The Purported Realism of Classical Yoga, Thinking with the Yoga Sutra: Translation, Interpretation, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 11 April 2015.
- 'Eternal Life as a Present Possession: Perspectives from Theology and the Philosophy of Time', Life after Death? Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, Anthropology and Literature Symposium, University of Leeds, 20 March 2015.
- Mounce and Winch on Understanding (or Not Understanding) an Indigenous Society, Fourth British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference, University of Wales, 17 July 2011.