Akeel Bilgrami

Akeel Bilgrami (born 28 February 1950) is an Indian philosopher of language and mind. He has been in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University since 1985 after spending two years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Akeel Bilgrami
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Born (1950-02-28) 28 February 1950 (age 70)
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai (BA)
University of Oxford (BA)
University of Chicago (PhD)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of the mind, Philosophy of language, Secularism

Bilgrami is a secularist and an atheist who advocates an understanding of the community-oriented dimension of religion.[1] For Bilgrami spiritual yearnings are not only understandable but also supremely human. He has argued in many essays that in our modern world, "religion is not primarily a matter of belief and doctrine but about the sense of community and shared values it provides in contexts where other forms of solidarity—such as a strong labor movement—are missing."[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Belief and Meaning (Blackwell, 1992)
  • Self-Knowledge and Resentment (Harvard University Press, 2006)
  • Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment (Harvard University Press, 2014)
  • Politics and The Moral Psychology of Identity (Harvard University Press, forthcoming)


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