Arudra Burra

About [CV]

PhD (Philosophy), Princeton University (2011); JD, Yale Law School (2007); BA (Mathematics, Computer Science, Philosophy), Brandeis University (2000)

I am an assistant professor in philosophy at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi. I joined the department in December 2012, after post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), and the Program in Law and Philosophy at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).


office: MS 620
phone: 91 11 2659 1371
mailing address: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016
email: burra [at] hss [dot] iitd [dot] ac [dot] in


Research areas: Moral, political, and legal philosophy; legal history.

My current research falls broadly in three areas, each of which is a window into some aspect of the liberal tradition: the concepts of coercion, deception, and consent and their role in legal and moral argument; the continuity of law and legal institutions across changes of political regime; and the nature of civil liberties, particularly freedom of speech. I am also interested in several questions having to do with criminal justice, and in exploring connections between moral philosophy and the philosophy of science.

More information is available on my research page.


IInd Semester 2017-18

HUL 258: Social and Political Philosophy

An introductory undergraduate class on various topics in social and political philosophy: syllabus.

Please sign up for the course piazza site (access code: hul258).

HUL 360: Special Topics in Philosophy

A seminar course on criminal justice, with a focus on the philosophy of punishment: syllabus.

Please sign up for the course piazza site (access code: hul360).

HUL 357: Philosophy of Science

This is an introductory course on the philosophy of science, taught by Dr. Shinod NK. The course will meet in the 'A' slot, in IV 339. Here is a course description. Please note that registration for this course will have to be done manually through the Dean's Office. Classes will begin on Thursday, January 11.

Please contact Dr. Shinod (shinod [at] iitd [dot] ac [dot] in, or iggoy [at] gmail [dot] com) for more information.

For information about courses taught in previous semesters, see my teaching page.


I also blog at Out of Context.

Last updated: 2 January, 2018