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 at Dartmouth College (USA), read Literae Humaniores at Oxford and then taught Classics at secondary school level. In 2001 he began his studies for the PhD at King’s and wrote his dissertation on Plato’s use of apparent doctrinal inconsistencies in the Charmides to encourage readers to challenge their own understanding of knowledge, and in particular of ‘Socratic wisdom’, viz, the knowledge of what one does and does not know. Since then he has taught in the Philosophy Department as the Matilal Lecturer in Indian Philosophy.
Dr Rasmussen is currently focusing entirely on his teaching of the modules in Indian philosophy at King’s and is not supervising students for postgraduate research.
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 the following courses
- 6AANA016 Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools
- 6AANB017 Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools
- 7AAN2034 Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools
- 7AAN2035 Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools