Dr. Wayne Borody
Areas of Specialization:
My primary area of scholarly interest is twofold: the early Greek philosophical tradition and the early Indian. Currently, I am engaged in writing a book-length manuscript dealing with Friedrich Nietzsche's first major work, the Birth of Tragedy . My concern in this project is Nietzsche's particular use of Greek and Indian sources in defence of his argument in the Birth of Tragedy . I might be overstating "the case of Nietzsche," but in many respects his Birth of Tragedy stands to modern culture with as much significance and complexity as Darwin 's Origin of Species.
I am also interested in what has come to be called "Transhumanism," or "Posthumanism"-the view that humans are destined to morph into beings with characteristics different from those that currently characterize "the human" (eg., physical mortality, a restricted number of cognitive and physical senses, and a particular arrangement of bodily attributes). If Transhumanism were to have a "motto", as the 'cogito ergo sum' of the Enlightenment or the 'existence precedes essence' of Existentialism, an appropriate one might be that coined by the Canadian author Christopher Dewdney: 'vinyl is as natural as lichen.' An interesting yet difficult idea to contemplate.
Current & Future Research:
2007. Submission of a Paper: “The Manusmriti on the Fear of the Horror of Existence,”Journal on Indian Philosophy and Religion(12 pages)
2007. Refereed Article in a Book: "Nietzsche in the Ganges : Ānanda and the Unio Mystica in the Birth of Tragedy ." Rethinking Mysticism, ed. Chandana Chakrabarti. Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming 2007.
2006. Refereed Article in Conference Proceedings : "The Role of the Concept of "Eros" in the Birth of Tragedy." Competing Diversities: Traditional Sexualities and Modern Western Sexual Identity Constructions , ed. Lars Ivar Owesen-Lein Borge, forthcoming 2007
2005. Publication of a book : "Sadyojyoti's Bhoga Kārikā : A Translation and Commentary. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers."
2004. Refereed Article , "Nietzsche on the Cross: The Defence of Personal Freedom in the Birth of Tragedy ." Humanitas (pp. 1-18).
2004. Referreed Article , "The Politics of Immediacy: Martin Heidegger's Nazi-Era Critique of Plato," The Examined Life , V, 18.
2000. Refereed Article, "Classical Greek Philosophical Paideia in Light of the Post-Modern Occidentalism of Jacques Derrida" (pp. 1-14). Paideia: Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress in Philosophy
Published Article , "Figuring the Phallogocentric Argument with Respect to the Classical Greek Philosophical Tradition," Nebula: A Netzine of the Arts and Science, Vol. 13 (pp. 1-27).
1997. Refereed Article : "The Trials of Arjuna and Socrates: Physical Bodies, Violence and Sexuality, " Asian Philosophy , 7 (3 ), 221-233.
1984. Refereed Article in Conference Proceedings : "Annambhatta's Conception of Language in the Tarka Samgraha," South Asian Horizons, 155-162
1978. Editorial Credits : "Vol I, The Collected Works of Bertrand Russell", Bertrand Russell Archives, Hamilton, Ontario.