Cyrus Panjvani

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Humanities
Discipline Coordinator, Philosophy

PhD (St. Andrews), MA (Western), BComm (Toronto)

7-353F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Cyrus Panjvani completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2002, after which he taught at the University of Alberta and then Ithaca College, New York.  He returned to Edmonton to teach at MacEwan University in 2006, where he has been since. His teaching and research interests center within the Philosophy of Religion and Asian philosophies. His first book - Buddhism:  A Philosophical Approach - was published by Broadview Press in 2014. 

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Asian Philosophies, Philosophy of Religion, Wittgenstein

Teaching and Research Interests

Courses Taught:
PHIL 101:  Values and Society
PHIL 102:  Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 103:  Asian Philosophies
PHIL 125:  Analytical Reasoning
PHIL 201:  Buddhist Philosophy
PHIL 202:  Philosophies of China and Japan
PHIL 205:  Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 215:  Epistemology
PHIL 301:  Comparative Philosophy:  Buddhism and Hume
PHIL 301:  Comparative Philosophy:  Indian Philosophy and Emerson
PHIL 305:  Philosophy of Psychology
PHIL 355:  Philosophy of Environment
PHIL 357:  Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 401:  Senior Seminar
PHIL 402:  Topics in the History of Philosophy:  Philosophy of Religion of Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein
PHIL 402:  Topics in the History of Philosophy:  Philosophy of Religion of Simone Weil
PHIL 404:  Topics in Asian Philosophy:  Philosophy of Gandhi and the Bhagavad Gita
PHIL 447:  Wittgenstein
PHIL 498:  Directed Reading:  Confucian Philosophy
PHIL 498:  Directed Reading:  Classical Indian Philosophy  

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Select Publications:

  • Review of Gandhi and the Stoics: Modern Experiments on Ancient Values by Richard Sorabji, Philosophy in Review 35 (2015): 47-49
  • Buddhism:  A Philosophical Approach. (Broadview Press, 2014). ISBN:  9781551118536.
  • “Rule-Following, Explanation Transcendence, and Private Language,” Mind 117 (2008): 303-328

Select Presentations:

  • “Wittgenstein on the Self-Identity of Objects”, International Wittgenstein
  • Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria (2009)
  • “Buddhist Philosophy and Research Methodology”, Central Institute for Higher
  • Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, India (2008)


Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • MacEwan University, Faculty of Arts and Science Research Grant (2008)
  • MacEwan University, Scholarly Activity and Faculty Research Grant (2007)
  • Royal Institute of Philosophy, Jacobsen Fellowship (2000-1)
  • University of Toronto, Ethel Treble and F. Louis Barber Travelling Scholarship (2000)
  • British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Chevening Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • Government of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (1998-2000)


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