Balaganapathi Devarakonda is presently Professor of Philosophy at University of Delhi, Delhi. His research interests are in the areas of Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Social & Political Philosophy and Philosophical Practice. In addition to teaching and research, Prof. Bala is a certified Philosophical Counselor by American Philosophy Practitioners Association, New York. Some of. His publications include, Philosophical Doctrines of Andhakas: Exploring Early Buddhist Sects of Andhra (2020, Springer Briefs in Religious Studies series), Conditional Designation of Artificial Legal Entities (CDALE): A Post-Anthropocene Dynamic Jurisprudence (2021), Shifts in the Classical Indian Conception of Philosophical Practice: Vedic, Itihāsa-puranic and Darsanic (2021), Global Lockdown Calendar (2020) Revisiting Dana: A response to Eurocentric Approaches (2020), Relearning to be at Peace: Exploring Alternative Conceptions (2020), Hinduism in Thailand: Its Presence and Absence (2018), Role of Guru as an interpreter of Dharma (2017), Orientalist and Nationalist Writings of Indian Philosophy (2014) and History of Indian Philosophy: Analysis of Contemporary understanding of the classical through colonial (2012).
He is a Project Fellow of “Great Transition in India: A Korean Perspective on Indian Studies” by Institute of Indian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea (2021-2024). He is working on a project titled “Yoga Consciousness in Mahabharata: The Ethical value for societal/political Wellbeing” (SPARC, 2019-2021) and has completed a Major Funding research project (ICSSR) Culture through the Labyrinth of Globalization: A Study of Popular Imaginations and Alternative narratives of Digital and non-Digital Telugu literature (2017-19). He is serving as the Regional Coordinator (India) of Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington DC.
Balaganapathi Guest edited the Special issue on Indian perspectives on Philosophical Counseling for the Journal of APPA Philosophical Practice (Vol 16, No. 1, 2021). He has been associated with the editorial boards of various journals such as; Journal of Human Values (Sage journals), Journal of Foundational Research, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (2020 – till date); Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, (Springer from 2016-2019); International Journal of Applied Ethics, an annual peer reviewed multidisciplinary journal published by Ramanujan College, Delhi (2017-18); Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Language Guest Editor, Special Issue on Intersections of Philosophy and Poetry (2017, published by Author press, New Delhi, India); Dravidian Studies, a Quarterly Research Journal of Dravidian University (2012-2016); Journal SOPHIA; The Berlin Journal of Philosophy and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.
Professor Bala is presently a member of Research Project Committee of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. He was a Chancellor’s nominee for the Board of Management of Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur (2018-2020). He was the Chairman of the Governing Body of Maitreyi College, New Delhi (2019-2020) and was a member of the Governing Body of Bhagini Nivedita College, New Delhi for the year 2020-2021. He was a member of the Review committee of Indian council of Philosophical Research constituted by MHRD, Government of India (2018).
The following were/are of his continuous interest:
Historiography of Indian Philosophy
Comparative Philosophy & Religion
Multiculturalism: Humor & Violence
Philosophy and Films
Artificial Intelligence and Law
MEMBERSHIP IN ACADEMIC BODIES
AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY PRACTITIONERS ASSOCIATION, NEW YORK
INDIAN PHILOSOPHICAL CONGRESS
COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN VALUES AND PHILOSOPHY
Member, Academic Council
ACADEMY OF COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION, BELGAUM
FOLKLORE SOCIETY FOR SOUTH INDIAN LANGUAGES