Jan Westerhoff

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Jan Westerhoff read Philosophy at Trinity College Cambridge and completed doctorates in Philosophy (on ontological categories, Cambridge 2003) and the Study of Religion (on Nāgārjuna's Madhyamaka, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2005). Subsequently he taught the Philosophy of Mathematics at Oxford University, followed by a research fellowship at the City University of New York and Columbia University. From 2006 until 2013 he taught Philosophy at the University of Durham, and joined Oxford University in 2013 to teach Indian and Buddhist Philosophy.

Major monographs

The Non-Existence of the Real World
The Golden Age of Buddhist Philosophy in India
Crushing the Categories: Nāgārjuna's Vaidalyaprakaraṇa
Reality: A Very Short Introduction
The Dispeller of Disputes: Nāgārjuna's Vigrahayvyāvartanī
Nāgārjunas's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction
Ontological Categories: Their Nature and Significance


My research focuses on Indian and Buddhist Philosophy, as well as on contemporary systematic work on ontology and metaphysics.

I mainly teach Buddhist Philosophy, but also offer some teaching on the methodology of the Study of Religion, and on the Philosophy of Religion.