Marie-Hélène Gorisse

Contact details MHG

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University
5th floor, office 150.003
Blandijnberg 2, B-9000 Gent

Research fields

Jainism, Buddhism, South Asian Philosophy,

Epistemology, Theories of argumentation

Comparative Philosophy,

Sanskrit Poetry

FWO Project ‘Shaping the ideal dialogue: Jainism or faith in human epistemic abilities’

An essential step towards fostering inter-religious and inter-doctrinal dialogue is the assessment of methods to evaluate philosophical and religious statements. Jainism developed such methods within the frame of its perspectivist philosophy. This project questions to what extent the methods as proposed in an important, yet understudied philosophical textual tradition, are innovative and how they can have bearing in contemporary debates.

Academic appointments

  • Guest Professor, replacement of Pr. Eva De Clercq during her Sabbatical (2020-21)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Project ‘Shaping the ideal dialogue: Jainism or faith in human epistemic abilities’, FWO Grant (2018-20)
  • Guest Professor on Sanskrit literature, Modern and Classical Indian Philosophy, Methodology of research, Ghent University (2015-8)
  • Senior Teaching Fellow on Modern Indian Philosophy and Jainism, SOAS University of London (2015-7)
  • Gonda Research Fellow on Polemical Litterature in Jainism, IIAS, Leiden (2016)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Project ‘Jain Theories of Inference in the Light of Modern Logics’, BOF Grant UGent (2012-5)
  • Contractual Lecturer in Indian philosophy, University of Lille2 (2011-present time)
  • Doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof. S.Rahman, Research Group `Savoir, Textes, Langages', Project `The art of non-one-sidedness: Dialogical study of Jain pluralism in the Prameyakamalamārtaṇḍa', Grant in Lille3 University from the French Ministry of Education (2006-11)
  • Teaching Fellow, Departments of Philosophy and Classical languages and cultures, Lille3 University, in Sanskrit, classical Indian philosophy, logic, Western philosophy of sciences (2006-11)
  • Spoken Sanskrit Summer School with Prof. G.Mishra, Paris3 University (June 2011)
  • Spoken Sanskrit Summer School with Prof. S.Das, Heidelberg University (August 2010)
  • Master degree in Philosophy of logic and sciences, with Prof. S.Rahman and Dr. J.Törzsök, Lille3 University, 'The art of non-asserting: Dialogical study of Nāgārjuna's Vigrahavyāvartanī' (2001-6)
  • University Diplomas in Sanskrit and in Modern Greek, Lille3 University (2001-4)


  • Forthcoming ‘The renunciate paradigm of envisioning philosophy of religion as rooted in Jainism’. In Multi-entry approach to philosophy of religion manual, G. Kopf ; T. Knepper and N. Loewen (eds.)
  •  Forthcoming ‘Conceptions du monde dans le jaïnisme et réflexions sur la protection de l’environnement'. In Religions et écologie, C.A. Labrecque (ed.), Presses de l'Université de Laval
  • Forthcoming French translation of the Prameyakamalamārtaṇḍa chapter on the Jain theory of viewpoints. In La philosophie Indienne, M. Ballanfat (ed.), Vrin, Paris
  • Forthcoming ‘Jain conceptions of authority in Samantabhadra’s Āptamīmāṃsā'. In ‘Logic and Religion in India', P. Balcerowicz and B. Gillon (eds.), Journal of Indian Philosophy, Kluwer
  • Forthcoming Entries on Jinaratnasūri, Vimalasūri, Amaru and Hemacandra. In Dictionnaire Encyclopédique des Littératures de l'Inde, N. Dejenne and A. Castaing (eds.), Garnier Classiques
  • Forthcoming 2020 ‘What do the shameless ones nonsensically profess ? Genealogy of a Buddhist-Jain philosophical dialogue'. In Proceedings of the ‘Buddhism and the religious other' Conference held in Oxford in September 2018, C.V. Jones (ed.), Proceedings of the British Academy Series, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Forthcoming 2020 ‘Jain conceptions of non-cognition : A dialogue with Dharmakīrti on inferential evidence'. In the proceedings of the ‘Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference', S. Mc-Clintock, H. Lasic, P. McAllister and B. Kellner (eds.), Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna.
  • Forthcoming 2020 Entry ‘Jainism and Jaina Philosophy'. In Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, S. Goetz and C. Taliaferro (eds.), Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2020 'Jain conceptions of authority in Samantabhadra's Aptamīmamsa'. In Journal of Jaina Studies 26, The Society for Jaina Studies, Kyoto, pp. 1-43
  • 2020 ‘Jain philosophers in the debating hall of classical India'. In Arguing through languages and cultures. Special issue of Argumentation, C. Plantin (ed.), Springer, online publication: 26 July 2020, pp. 1-15
  • 2020 ‘The legitimation of an authoritative discourse in Jainism'. In Framing Intellectual and Lived Space in Early South Asia, L. Den Boer and E.Cecil (eds.), ‘Asia Beyond Boundaries' Series, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 173-196
  • 2020 Entry ‘Inference'. In Brill Encyclopedia of Jainism, K. Jacobsen, J.E. Cort, P. Dundas and K.L. Wiley (eds.), Brill, Leiden, pp. 864-848
  • 2019 Edition of Puṣpikā : Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions. Contributions to Current Research in Indology, Volume VII, co-edited with H. De Jonckheere and A. Rostalska. Oxbow Books, Oxford
  • 2019 ‘Characterising the Self : Knowledge and liberation in the Samayasāra'. In Cāruśrī. Essays in honour of Svastiśrī Carukīrti Bhaṭṭāraka Paṭṭācārya, Hampasandra Naganarajaiah and Jayandra Soni (eds.), Sapna Book House, Bangalore, pp. 95-107
  • 2018 ‘Concealing meaning in inferential statements : The practice of patra in Jainism'. In Jaina Studies. Select Papers presented in the ‘Jaina Studies' Section at the 16th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangkok Thailand and the 14th World Sanskrit Conference, Kyoto Japan, N. Balbir and P. Flügel (eds.), DK Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 111-126
  • 2017 Review 'Jaina Scriptures and Philosophy : An Essential Contribution to the History of Philosophy in Jainism'. In Journal of World Philosophies 2/2, Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (ed.), Indiana University Press, 168-172
  • 2017 'The opponent : Jain logicians reacting to Dharmakīrti's theory of inference'. In Handbook of logical thought in India, J.Soni and S. Sarukkai (eds.), Springer, pp. 1-22
  • 2017 'Logic in the tradition of Prabhācandra'. In Oxford Handbook of Indian philosophy, J.Ganeri (ed.), Oxford Handbooks, pp. 486-506
  • 2017 'Rāvaṇa empereur universel ? Point de vue sémantique et problème de référence chez le jaïn Prabhācandra'. In Acta Orientalia Belgica 30. Essays in honor of Jean-Marie Verpoorten, C. Vielle, C. Cannuyer and D. Esler (eds.), Indica et Buddhica Publishers, pp.267-278
  • 2015 `The taste of the mango: a Jaina-Buddhist controversy on evidence', in International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online), P.Flügel (ed.), vol.11 n°3, pp. 1-19
  • 2015 `Is inference a linguistic or a cognitive process? A line of divergence between Jain and Buddhist classifications', in Puṣpikā. Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions: Contributions to Current Research in Indology, vol. 3, R.Leach and J.Pons (eds.), Oxbow Books, Oxkord and Philadelphia, pp. 1-23.
  • 2013 `Debate, argumentation and theory of knowledge in classical India: the import of Jainism', in the Newsletter of the Center of Jain Studies, vol.8, P.Flügel and J.Leigh Foster (eds.), SOAS, University of London, pp. 19-20.
  • 2011 `Context-sensitivity in Jain strategical dialogues: A dialogical study of Siddharṣigaṇi's Commentary on the Handbook of Logic', written in collaboration with N.Clerbout and S.Rahman, Journal of Philosophical Logic, vol. 40, n.5, pp. 633-662
  • 2011 `Dynamique Dialogique: Lecture d'une controverse entre logiciens jaïns et grammairiens en Inde classique', written in collaboration with M.Fontaine and S.Rahman, Kairos. Revista de Filosofia a Ciência, vol. 2, pp. 45-65
  • 2010 `Non-One-Sidedness: Context-Sensitivity in Jain Epistemological Dialogues', presentation of my research activities in the Newsletter of the Center of Jaina Studies, P.Flügel and J.Leigh Foster (eds.),  SOAS, University of London, pp. 37-39
  • 2009 `The art of non-asserting: dialogue with Nāgārjuna', proceedings for the third `Indian Conference on Logic and its Applications', Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol.5378, R. Ramanujam and Sundar Sarukkai (eds.), FoLLI series, Springer, pp. 257-268
  • 2004 `Dialogique temporelle et hybridation', written in collaboration S.Rahman and L.Damien, Philosophia Scientae, vol.8 cahier 2, M.Rebuschi and T.Tulenheimo (eds.), Archives Poincaré, Nancy, pp. 17-38


Organisation of events:

  • March - June 2020 Co-organiser with E.De Clercq and K.S.Boutilhette of the 'Religious Traditions of India' Lectures Series, Ghent University [Postponed]
  • 21 December 2018 Co-organiser with E.De Clercq of the 'Belgium Indology Day in honor of Adriaan Scharpé', Ghent University
  • March - June 2018 Co-organiser with E.De Clercq of the 'Religious Traditions of India' Lectures Series, Ghent University
  • 7 December 2017 Co-organiser with A.Castaing and C.LeBlanc of the 'Imaginary homelands. Littératures d'Asie du Sud en diaspora', Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Indian Literature project, funded by an Idex (initiatives of excellence) grant from the Sorbonne Paris-Cité University, EHESS, Paris
  • September 2017 Co-organiser with S.Hens, H. De Jonckheere, A.Rostalska of the 'International Indology Graduate Research Symposium' on Jainism in the diversity of Indian traditions, Ghent University
  • December 2013 Co-organizer of the Conference 'Network and Identity: Exchange relations between China and the World', Ghent University
  • March 2013 Co-organizer of the 15th Workshop of the `Center of Jaina Studies’, on Jaina Logic, University of London
  • June-November 2012 International seminar ‘Debate, Argumentation and Theory of Knowledge in Classical India : The Import of Jainism’, co-organized with P.Flügel (London) and S.Rahman (Lille), funded by the European Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities within the framework of the project ‘Argumentation, Decision, Action’.
  • May 2010 Franco-Belgian PhD-students conference session `Jeunes Chercheurs dans la Cité', with D.Gut and G.Subbotina. Proceedings published in the electronic revue `Mosaïque'
  • February 2010: Workshop `Dialogues and Games: Historical Roots and Contemporary Models', with A.Popek, S.Uckelman and D.Porello, within the network `Dynamic and dialogical approaches to historical logic' (DDAHL) funded by the `Frans-Nederlandse Academie' (FRNL)
  • 2009-2010 Interdisciplinary and international seminar `Interprétation', with L.Keiff. Proceedings published in the electronic revue `Methodos'
  • 2009-2010 Conferences of A.Chatterjee (U.Jadavpur), P.Haag (EHESS), E.Aussant (CNRS) and N.Sinha Kapur (U.Delhi)
  • 2007-2008 Interdisciplinary and international seminar `Référence', with J.Jacot
  • 2005-2007 Seminar of the working group `Pragmadial', U.Lille


Other Academic Acticities

  • September 2020 Committee member in the PhD defence of Sander Hens ``Shaking Hammīra. Playfulness and Tragedy in a Sanskrit Historical Epic', Ghent University
  • April 2020 (on-line viva) Member of the Reading Committee of the Phd dissertation of Lucas den Boer 'Early Jaina Epistemology. A Study of the Philosophical Chapters of the Tattvārthādhigama', University of Leiden
  • April 2019 Committee member in the PhD defence of Tine Vekemans 'Digital religion in a transational context : Representing and practicing Jainism in diasporic communities', Ghent University
  • October 2017 Presentation of Jain Epistemology in a podcast for the website of Peter Adamson (, recorded in November 2016)
  • August 2017 Was granted the Gyan appreciation fellowship during the Fifth International conference of the Gyan Sagar Science foundation, Muzzafarnagar, 14-15 October
  • 2016 - 2019 Member of the Doctoral Guidance Committee in the Ph.D. cursus of Heleen De Jonckheere, 'Examination of the Religious Other : Jainism advocating itself in the Dharmaparīkṣas', Ghent University
  • 2014 - 2017 Member of the Doctoral Guidance Committee in the Ph.D. curriculum of Agnieszka Rostalska, 'Indian realism from contemporary perspective', Ghent University
  • March 2014 Evaluation report of the Ph.D. thesis 'Mīmāṃsā inspired representation of actions (MIRA)' of S.Bama, Chennai University
  • 19 December 2013 Member of the opposition committee during the Ph.D. defense of Nicolas Clerbout, 'Etude sur quelques sémantiques dialogiques', Leiden University
  • May 2013 Presentation of my work at the French radio 'France Culture Plus' in David Christoeln's programme
  • September 2012 - present time Review of papers (amongst which 'Jaina syādvāda and the logic of existential quantication : a critical study of Pradeep P.Gockhale's interpretation' for Philosophy East and West ; 'In defense of imperative inference' for Journal of Philosophical Logic ; or 'A one-valued logic for non-one-sidedness' for the International Journal of Jaina Studies)


  • Member of the research group SANGH, South Asia Network Ghent, U.Ghent
  • Member of the CoJS, Center of Jaina Studies, SOAS U.London
  • Member of the international research network DDAHL, Dynamic and Dialogical approaches to Historical Logic
  • Associate member of the research group STL, Savoir, Textes, Langages, CNRS/U.Lille3
  • Associate member of the project DELI, Dictionnaire encyclopédique des Littératures de l'Inde, CNRS/U.Paris 3