Charles Li received his doctorate in Sanskrit and South Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge. As part of his dissertation, he has produced a digital, critical edition of Bhartṛhari’s Dravyasamuddeśa — a 5th-century Sanskrit treatise on the philosophy of language — and its 10th-century commentary. In tandem with his work on philosophy, his research also involves philology, comparative literature, and the history of ideas.

Dr. Li is currently a postdoctoral fellow on the Vetāla Project, led by Adheesh Sathaye, where he is developing digital tools for the study of large textual traditions. He also teaches courses on Indian philosophy and religious traditions.

Recent lectures at the department

“What use is a Digital Edition?” 16 March 2018.

“Reconstructing Ānanda’s grief in the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra.” 14 March 2018.

Recent publications

“Sounding out différance: Derrida, Saussure, and Bhartṛhari.” Philosophy East and West 68:4. Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i, April 2018.

“Critical diplomatic editing: Applying text-critical principles as algorithms.” Advances in Digital Scholarly Editing. Ed. P. Boot et al. Leiden: Sidestone Press, November 2017.

“Schopenhauer’s fictions.” Variaciones Borges 41. Pittsburgh: Borges Center, University of Pittsburgh, May 2016.

Winter 2018

ASIA308 Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India Sections

Myths of creation Gods and goddesses of the Vedic pantheon. Connections with myths in other parts of the world, particularly in the Indo-European tradition. Literary representations of the myths.

Winter 2018

ASIA378 Philosophical Wisdom of Early India Sections

Epistemological and ontological thought from the Vedic period to the period of the rise of philosophical schools or systems Philosophy in the Mahabharata, Gita; early Buddhist and Jain views on knowledge and reality; views on language.

Winter 2018

ASIA388 Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction Sections

Debates on issues of epistemology, language and ontology among the philosophical schools or systems of classical India Nagarjuna, Bhartrhari, Uma-svati, Sankara and others.