Ravi Thakral has primary research interests in the philosophy of language and ethics, with further interests in epistemology, logic, and related areas. His teaching interests include developing work that incorporates global sources (especially from Indian philosophy) in a way that speaks to current issues across all fundamental areas of philosophy.
In recent work, Ravi argues that generic generalizations (exception-granting generalizations such as ‘Parks have swings’) are essential to understanding the nature and structure of morality. He argues that accepting this means that the principles associated with the moral realm are much less substantial than we usually assume. In doing so, his work provides a new line of opposition against the privileged status of principles in moral philosophy, and opens new avenues for understanding the role and nature of moral principles informed by recent empirical developments across linguistics, psychology, and cognitive science. In other ongoing work, Ravi investigates the role of genericity in the perpetuation of prejudice, as well as a range of issues in moral epistemology.
Ravi is a Lecturer at the University of Nevada, Reno. Before coming to UNR, he worked at the University of Sussex (and served as the Admissions Tutor for Philosophy and PPE) and at the University of St Andrews (with an additional affiliation to the Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs). He is also a Research Fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore.
- The role of generics in moral cognition
- Semantics and pragmatics of generics
- The language of prejudice
- The role of generics in social cognition
- Moral epistemology
- Contemporary Moral Issues
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Moral principles as generics (Journal of the American Philosophical Association, forthcoming)
- Generics and weak necessity (Inquiry, 2018)
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of St Andrews & University of Stirling Joint Programme in Philosophy, 2019
- M.Litt., Philosophy, University of St Andrews & University of Stirling Joint Programme in Philosophy, 2013
- B.A., Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2012