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Dr. Sumangali (Suma) Rajiva

Ph.D (Toronto)

Office: AA 3107
Phone: (709) 864-8307

Areas of Specialization:

  • Kant
  • Early Modern philosophy
  • Descartes to Hume





Bio: Suma Rajiva specializes in Kant and early modern philosophy (Descartes to Hume) with interests in ancient philosophy, nineteenth century philosophy, especially German Idealism and Marxism, and philosophical themes in literature. She has published articles on Kant’s epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics in Kant-Studien, The Kant Yearbook, AE: Canadian Aesthetics Journal, Proceedings of the International Kant Congress and other venues. She is currently working on a book manuscript linking Kant’s epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of life, Kant’s Concept of Reflecting Judgment: Rationality, Subjectivity, and Analogical Synthesis. Other research interests include Descartes, Hume, Leibniz, Locke, Plato, and Spinoza. She has recently become interested in moral and ethical themes in literature, in Homer, Greek and Roman tragedy, mediaeval German epic, and German literature generally, especially the 18th and 19th centuries. She has taught courses on Descartes, Hume, Kant, Plato, and history of ancient philosophy, as well as seminars (undergraduate and graduate) on Leibniz, Spinoza, and Kant and has supervised theses on Descartes, Hume, and Kant.