Purpose

A scholar whose work focuses on Indian Buddhist philosophy, Daniel A. Arnold is an associate professor of the philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School (UCDS). He aims to understand Indian Buddhist philosophy both as integral to the broader tradition of Indian philosophy and in conversation with contemporary philosophy. A magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Arnold holds a master’s degree in Indic languages and cultural history from Columbia University and a master’s degree in theology and the philosophy of religion from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He earned a Ph.D. in the philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago in 2002. Dr. Arnold began his teaching career as an instructor at Loyola University in Chicago and at the University of Illinois, Chicago, as well as teaching in the undergraduate college of the University of Chicago as a Wilson Teaching Fellow. After lecturing for a year at the UCDS, he joined the McGill University faculty as an assistant professor of religious studies in 2003 and returned to the Divinity School the next year as an assistant professor. He was promoted to his present position in 2011 and currently chairs the University of Chicago Committee on Southern Asian Studies. A former editor of the Journal of Religion, he serves as book review editor of the academic listserv H-Buddhism. Dr. Arnold has published more than thirty papers in academic journals and is the author of two books. Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion (2005) won the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion given by the American Academy of Religion. His most recent book, Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind, which was published by Columbia University Press in 2012 and received the Toshihide Numata Book Prize for Buddhism awarded by the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that seemingly arcane arguments among first-millennium Indian thinkers can illuminate matters at the heart of contemporary philosophy.