Dr Will Rasmussen
Matilal Lecturer in Indian philosophy
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2757
Address Room 702, Philosophy Building
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS
Research interests and PhD supervision
Dr Will Rasmussen majored in Classics for the BA at Dartmouth College (USA), read ‘Greats’ at Oxford, and then spent some years teaching Classics at secondary school, during which time he wrote a Greek textbook incorporating the principles of Indo-European languages as elucidated in Panini’s grammar of Sanskrit.
In 2001 he began his studies for the PhD at King’s and wrote his dissertation on how Plato uses apparent doctrinal inconsistencies in the Charmides to force his readers to challenge the inadequacies of their own understanding of knowledge, and in particular of ‘Socratic wisdom’, viz, the knowledge of what one does and does not know. He is Matilal Lecturer in Indian philosophy, teaches introductory courses in Sanskrit, and leads seminars that read Plato and Aristotle in the original Greek.
Dr Rasmussen's interests focus on the complementary endeavours in Greek, Indian and modern Western philosophy to accommodate the interdependence of logic, epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of language in the quest to understand the world, our place in it and our highest good.
Dr Rasmussen welcomes enquires from prospective students seeking to work with him on topics connected to his research interests.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
'The Realism of Universals in Plato and Ny'ya'. Journal of Indian Philosophy 37:231-252.(2008)
'Resolving Inconsistencies in Plato: the Problem of Socratic Wisdom in the Apology and the Charmides', London Philosophy PhD Thesis, (2006)
'Whose Platonism?', International Journal of Hindu Studies 9: 131-152. (2005)
The Enigma of Socratic Wisdom : Resolving Inconsistencies in Plato. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. (2008)
St James Greek Course, London: St James Publishing (2004)
Expertise and public engagement
Dr Rasmussen currently teaches on the following courses
6AANA016 Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools
6AANA040 Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato
6AANB017 Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools
6AANB041 Greek Philosophical Texts II: Aristotle
7AAN2023 Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato
7AAN2024 Greek Philosophical Texts II: Aristotle
7AAN2034 Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools
7AAN2035 Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools