Ana Bajželj

Associate Professor and Shrimad Rajchandra Endowed Chair in Jain Studies

INTN 2022
(951) 827-9173
ana.bajzelj@ucr.edu

Areas of specialization: Jainism, South Asian Religions, South Asian Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Ethics

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Biography

Ana Bajželj received her Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She was a research fellow at the University of Rajasthan in India and at the Polonsky Academy (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute) in Israel. She taught at the University of Ljubljana and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on South Asian philosophical and religious traditions, with a special emphasis on Jainism. Her first book on Jaina metaphysics was published in 2016 by Ljubljana University Press. She is currently working on two book projects. The first proposes a novel reading of the central Jaina teaching of non-one-sidedness by examining how Jaina philosophers tackle the problems of time and temporality. The second book project, co-authored with Brianne Donaldson, investigates the relationship between Jainism and bioethics, exploring what foundations Jaina doctrines provide for addressing bioethical issues as well as how the tradition informs the attitudes and decisions of contemporary Jaina medical professionals.