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About Joy Laine

Laine specializes in philosophy of the mind and language. Her work encompasses Western and Indian philosophical traditions.
She has worked extensively in India and with traditional Indian Pandits (wise men). She has written entries for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy on “Indian Philosophy of Mind” and on three important Indian philosophers Vatsyayana, Vacaspati Misra and Udayana.
Laine has been teaching at Macalester since 1987.
EDUCATION: B.A., Hull University, U.K.; M.A., Surrey University, U.K.; Ph.D., The Open University, Oxford, England


Present Adjunct Professor, Philosophy, Macalester College



  • Indian Philosophies
  • Problems of Philosophy
  • Personal Identity

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