Agnieszka Rostalska


Agnieszka Rostalska is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Indian Languages and Cultures Ghent University. Under the project titled: ‘Indian realism from contemporary perspective’ she undertakes the problem of epistemic authority as presented in Nyāya philosophical tradition with references to contemporary discourse in Western philosophy, i.e. epistemology of testimony and virtue epistemology. The research centres around the concept of a ‘reliable speaker’ (āpta) as developed by Nyāya philosophers of the classical period.


Indian Philosophy, Comparative Studies, Analytical Philosophy (in particular: Philosophy of Mind), Indian Cultures and Religions: Buddhism, Jainism, Yoga.

Teaching experience:

Indian Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Aesthetics

Academic cooperation:

Karnataka Samskrit University (KSU) Bangalore and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Varanasi.


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Member of the study group Comparative and Global Philosophy of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), member of Polish Council of Higher Education and Entrepreneurship Promotion Board, sectors: Affiliating Society and Integrating Cultures and volunteer for Indo-Polish Cultural Committee (IPCC), Gdansk section.


Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Studies (October 2008 – September 2013) ‘The concept of causation in the philosophy of Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika’, Institute of Middle and Far East Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.

Postgraduate Diploma in Indian Philosophy and Religion, (August 2011 – May 2012), Department of Philosophy and Religion, Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Within: Indian Council for Cultural Relations scholarship (scientific leave at Jagiellonian University).

M.A. in Philosophy, specialisation: Philosophy of Mind (October 2003 -July 2008). Thesis title: ‘Richard Swinburne's concept of the soul and his arguments for dualism’, Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdansk, Poland; Individual Organization of the Master’s Program 2006-2008, University of Calgary.

Seminars and Summer schools:

Intensive Spoken Sanskrit Seminar (April 2014), Ghent Univeristy, Dr. A. Choudry, Dr. V. Banavathy, Jain Univeristy Bangalore.

Doctoral School on Indian Manuscriptology (October 2014), Ghent University.

3rd Prakrit Summer School, Ghent University, Belgium, July-August 2011.

International Summer School for Jain Studies, 6 weeks programme, International School for Jain Studies, Delhi, India, May-July 2011.

World Philosophy, Tallinn University Summer School with Dr. B. Black (University of London), Prof. H. Rosemont Jr. (Brown University), Prof. C. Defoort (University of Leuven), Prof. R. Raud (Tallinn University), Estonia, July 2010.

The Bhagavad Gita seminar, Prof. A. Chakrabarti (Hawaii University), University of Calgary, Spring 2008. Indian Philosophy seminar, Prof. Ch. Framarin, University of Calgary, Fall 2007.