Dr. John Peter Vallabadoss OFM Cap


 Name: John Peter VALLABADOSS

Contact Details: Fraternite des Capuchins, 32 Rue Boissonade, 75014 - Paris, France, Mobile : 07 53 74 45 30 E-MAIL:petercapu@gmail.com

Date of Birth: 23rd June, 1972, S/0 R. Vallabadoss RAPHAEL and Rosally NTONYSAMY.

Religious Life: Simple profession: 12 July, 1992, Bachelor of Philosophy: B.Ph 1993-95, St.Joseph’s Capuchin College, Kotagiri, Bachelor of Theology: B.Th 1996-2000, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, Solemn Profession : 8 May, 1998, Ordination : 24 April, 2001

Educational Qualification:

Bachelor of Arts: B.A. History, Madurai Kamarajar University, 1993-96

Master of Arts: M.A. Indian Philosophy, University of Madras, 2004-06 (with First Class Outstanding, 82.14%)

Masters in Philosophy: M.Phil. Philosophy, Annamalai University, 2006-07 (with First Class, 62.5%)

Post-Graduate Diploma: P.G Diploma in Saiva Siddhanta, M.K.University (2008)

Doctorate in Philosophy: Ph.D in Philosophy, University of Madras (2007-2012) for the thesis titled "Mayai in Tirumandiram: An Ecological Perspective," supervised by Dr.V.S.George Joseph.

Teaching Experience

From 2000 to 2018 - 18 years of teaching Philosophy and Religion

Dean of Studies (2007-2011, 2015-2018) in St.Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, Kotagiri and taught there both as residential and visiting staff (2000-2018) several subjects (Positivism, Marxism, Medieval Western Philosophy, Philosophy of World and Science, Ancient Indian Philosophy, Vedic Philosophy, Ancient Eastern Philosophy, Classical Indian Systems, Indian Religions, Bhakti Movements, Contemporary Indian Philosophy)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy to several other Institutes teaching Indian and Western Philosophical subjects. Following are the Seminaries, Departments and Institute: Sacred Heart Seminary, Ponnamallee, Chennai (Philosophy of Science); Joti Sadan Scholasticate, Koramangala, Bangalore (Ancient Eastern Philosophy, Contemporary Indian Philosophy); St. Antony’s Franciscan College, Friary, Bangalore (Bhakti Movements); Vidya Deep College, Ulsoor Road, Bangalore (Vedic Philosophy, Contemporary Indian Philosophy); Rachol Seminary, Goa (Classical Indian Philosophical Systems);

Department of Philosophy, Arulanandar College (Jesuit’s College), Karumatur, Madurai. (Renewal Movements, History of Christianity in India); Satyanilayam, Department of Philosophy, Loyola College, Chennai (Saiva Siddhanta, Philosophy of Religion, Classical Systems of Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Science)

Visiting Faculty in JDV, Pune (Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pontifical Athenaeum), and offered courses for B.Ph (History of Philosophy: Contemporary Indian Thought, Philosophy of Devotion, Indian Christian Thinkers) and for M.Ph (Contemporary issues in Philosophy, Debates in Pluralism, Faith and Reason: Indian Approaches)

He has been a Doctoral Research Supervisor and guide in JDV, Pune for a PhD of Jaison for the thesis on "Apasudradhikaranam of Brahmasutra Sankarabhashyam," which was defended in July 2017

He has been an Internal and External Examiner for three Doctoral (PhD) theses on "Contemporary Advaita," "Buddhist Ethics in Siksasamuccaya," "Paramamukyavrtti of Madhva Vedanta."

He has been the Consultant in Philosophy, CBCI-Chair, SOSW, G-Block, Academic Complex, IGNOU (Indira Gandhi University), Maidangarhi, New Delhi – 110 068, from June 2010 to June 2011, developing the curriculum for MA philosophy.

Administrative Positions

Programme Director, Conference of Religious in India, CRI House, Masihgarh, New Friends Colony PO, Okhla, New Delhi (July 2011-May 2012)

> Rector of Udhyam Polytechnic College, Rameswaram (June 2012-May2014)

> Registrar and Professor at Vijnananilayam Institute of Religion and Philosophy, Eluru (June 2014-May 2015)

> Provincial Councilor of Amala Annai Capuchin Province, North Tamil Nadu (May 2015-April 2018)

> Treasurer, Association of Christian Philosophers of India (2009-2015)

> Secretary, Association of Christian Philosophers of India (2015-2018)

> Secretary, Indian Capuchin Research Forum (2013-2018)


Written 2 books: Methodology for Scientific Papers (2009); Ecological Crisis Reconsidered: Insights of Siddha Tirumular and their Christian Reading (2016)

Edited 4 books: Openness to the Other (ed(2008), History and Historizing: Philosophical Reflections (ed) (2011), Re-presencing of St.Francis of Assisi: A Silent Stream, (ed.) (2017), Changing Face of the Church and Society: A Franciscan Reading and Response, (ed.) (2018)

Edited 2 issues of Philosophical Journal: “Philosophical Theology: Tamil Perspectives,” Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, No.23. (March, 2014); “Philosophizing India: Tasks and Prospects,” Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, No.29. (March, 2016), 1-114.


Administrative Editor of the ACPI Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (2010)


Series Editor, ACPI Annual Books, (2010-2018)


Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Lokayata: Journal of Positive Philosophy, Vol.II, No.01 (March 2012), 4-17. ISSN 2249-8389.


Content Editor, Eighteen IGNOU text books on MA philosophy (2010-2011)


Coordinator, Seven Video Programmes on Philosophy for GYAN Dharsan TV channel (2010)


Coordinator, Three LIVE-telecast of Panel Discussion on philosophy (45 minutes each) on 29th Oct, 2010 in Gyan Dharsan TV

 Organized Seminars


One day symposium on “Inter-Culturality and Philosophy Today,” (Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, 6 June, 2007).


Three-day National Seminar in collaboration with CICT (Central Institute of Classical Tamil, under Union Ministry of Human Resource, New Delhi) on “Philosophical Insights in Classical Tamil Tradition,” (Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, 25-27 March, 2009). 


One day symposium on “Nilgiri Tribal World-View: A Philosophical Appraisal,” (Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, 21 July, 2009).


Four-day Annual Research Seminar of Association of Christian Philosophers of India, Symposium on “Violence and Its Victims: A Challenge to Philosophizing in Indian Context,” (Dindigul: Anugraha Capuchin Animation Center, 19-22 Oct., 2009).


One day ICPR (Indian Council of Philosophical Research, under Union Ministry of Human Resource, New Delhi) Periodical Lectures on “Hermeneutics” (Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Philosophical College, 28th March, 2010)


One day ICPR National Symbolism on “Tradition-Innovation Dynamics” (Faridabad: Carmel Vidya Niketan College, 25th Oct, 2010)


Two day National Seminar on “Philosophy and Distance Learning” (New Delhi: CBCI-Chair, IGNOU, 28-29 Oct, 2010)


Three day Seminar on “Capacity Building for Industrial Needs,” (Rameswaram: Udhayam Polytechnic College, September 2012)


One day ICPR Periodical Lecture on “Saiva Siddhanta,” (Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, February, 2013).


One day ICPR Periodical Lecture on “Gandhian Philosophy: Its relevance today,” (Eluru: Vijnananilayam, February, 2015).


One day ICPR Periodical Lecture on “Indian Epistemology,” (Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, December, 2015).


Two days ICPR Symposium on “Philosophizing India: Prospects and Challenges,” (Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, March, 2016).

Published Research Articles

He has written and published 40 Research Articles in Journals and Edited books (upto 2018)


“Rise of Hindutva Movement: A Challenge to the Church in India.” Vidyankur: Journal of Philosophical and Theological Reflection. Vol. 1. Mar 1999. Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. 6-20.


Anekantavada of Jainism: A Philosophical Orientation to Pluralism.” Pluralism of Pluralism. ed. Johnson Puthenpurckal. Bangalore: Asian Tradition Corporation, 2006. 89-102.


“‘God-Talk’ of South Indian Siddha Tradition.” Aivu Kovai. Madurai: Madurai Kamaraj University, 2006.  115-118.


“The Religion of the Siddhas in South Indian.” Romancing the Sacred?:Towards an Indian Christian Philosophy of Religion. ed. George Karuvelil. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2007. 355-372.


“Tamil Siddha Tradition: A Radical Socio-Religious Protest Movement,” in Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, No. 13, Feb, 2008, 1-11.


Eco-Justice: Insights from Tirumandiram,” Samaya Illakkiyangalil Samuga Prachannaigalum Samuga Nalinakkamum (Social Problems and Social Integration), A. Nirmala, Et.al. Madurai: Interreligious Scholars Forum, 2008.  212-218.


“Cultural Monism: Its Challenges and Our Response,” in Culture as Gift and Task. Ed. Keith D’Souza. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2008. 323-333.


“Spiritual Outlook of Nilgiri Tribes,” in Enigma of Tribal Life and Culture, ed. Vincent Aind. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2009. 269-290.


“Combating Global Suicide-Bombers: Globalization and Eco-Crisis,” in Social Philosophy for Realization of Globalization, Multiculturalism and International Order, ed. Sam Christopher. Kuppam: Dravidian University, 2009. 195-204.


“Towards Emancipation of the Oppressed: Iyothee Thoss and Tamil Buddhist Movement,” Jnanodaya Journal of Philosophy. (June 2010), 43-53.


“Vision of Organic Whole: Process Thought and Siddha Cult,” Tattva – Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 2. No. 2. July-December 2010, 45-53.


Philosophical Insights from ‘non-philosophical’ Tolkappiyam,” Indigenous Philosophising: Indian Horizons, ed. Saju Chackalackal (Bangalore; Dharmaram Publications, 2010), 495-510, ISBN: 978-81-89958-33-6


“Deconstructing Purushasukta: A Subaltern Perspective,” Satya Nilayam Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, Vol. 19 (March 2011), 1-12, ISSN: 0972-5016.


"Tradition-Innovation Dynamics in Hinduism." in Tradtion and Innovation: Philosophy of Rootedness and Openness. Ed. Saju Chackalackal. Bangalore: ATC, 2011. 307-328.


“Sharing the person of Jesus,” Vidyadeep Journal – A Theological Biannual, Vol.1. No. 2 (December 2011), 103-115.


“Intertwined Human Mind in Nature: A Rendering from Ancient Tamil Tradition,” in Lokayata: Journal of Positive Philosophy, Vol.II, No.01 (March 2012), 4-17.


From cultural fragmentation to innovation : Panikkar's cross-cultural contribution.” in Raimon Panikkar - Being Beyond Borders: A Commemorative Volume, ed. by Johnson J. Puthenpurackal. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2012. 475-496.


Philosophizing Authentic Existence in Context: Contribution of Johnson J. Puthenpurackal.” In Authentic Existence: A Philosophical Probe. Festschrift in honour of Dr. Johnson J. Puthenpurackal. Ed. by George Panthanmackel. Bangalore: ATC ; Eluru: ACPI, 2012. 520-540.


“Subaltern Historizing: A Case Study on Iyothee Thass’ Indirar Desa Charithiram,” in History and Historizing: Philosophical Reflections, ed., John Peter Vallabadoss (Bangalore: ATC, 2012), 304-324. ISBN: 978-81-7086-650-3


“Recovery of the Indigenous Self: Postcolonial Indian Experiences,” In Identity, Difference and Conflict: Postcolonial Critique, eds., Victor Ferrao & James Ponniah (Bangalore: ATC, 2013), 247-266. ISBN 978-81-7086-701-2


“Vedamod-agamam: Cultural Hermeneutic in the Tamil Saiva Tradition,” Divyadaan: Journal of Philosophy & Education, Vol.24.No.2 (2013), 239-258.


“Church as Poor: Towards an Inclusive Community,” in Lucet: Journal of Rachol Seminary, Goa (January 2014), 1-5.


“A Developmental Agenda for India; Contemporary Visionaries on the Emerging Economy,” in The Dynamics of Development: Negations and Negotiations, ed. Keith D’Souza (Bangalore: ATC, 2014), 106-125.


“The Symbolic in Philosophical Discourses of India,” in The Symbolic World: Construction and Deconstruction, ed. Sekar Sebastin (Bangalore: ATC, 2015), 98-113.


“Dharmārtha Mārga: Path of Modern Gurus,” in Journal of Dharma, 40/3 (2015), 387-403.


“Enhancing the Home of India through Interreligious Relations: Prof.Pushparajan’s Contribution as a Gandhian.” In Enhancing Our Home: Re-Reading and Re-Living Gandhian Thought. Ed. Johnson J. Puthenpurackal. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2016. 598-617.


“Civilization and Identity: Dynamics and Role of Grand and Little Narratives.” In  Dimensions of Indian Civilization. Ed. Gautam Kumar Bera & G.Lazar. Delhi: B.R.Publishing Corporation, 2016. 95-108.


“Body, Suffering, Death and Afterlife.” In Philosophizing the Body: Physical, Social, Psychosomatic & Spiritual Dimensions. Ed. Nishant A. Irudayadason. New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2016. 203-214.


“Tribal ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’: Imaging Identities of Nilgiri Tribes.” In Tribes of Contemporary India: Concepts and Contexts. Ed. G. Lazar & K. Jose. New Delhi: Omsons Publications, 2017. 197-218.


“Presencing of Francis – Silent, Vibrant and Ever Flowing,” in Journey of ‘Re-Presencing’ St. Francis of Assisi: A Silent Stream (Kottayam: Jeevan Books, 2017), 1-10.


“Hermeneutics of Re-Presenting: A Brief Study on Writings of/on Francis,” in Journey of ‘Re-Presencing’ St. Francis of Assisi: A Silent Stream (Kottayam: Jeevan Books, 2017), 58-76.


“Towards Inter-Faith Openness: Insights from St. Francis and Gandhi,” in Journey of ‘Re-Presencing’ St. Francis of Assisi: A Silent Stream (Kottayam: Jeevan Books, 2017), 269-284.


“Deconstructing the Orientalist Imaging of ‘Spiritual’ India,” in Becoming a Nation: Processes and Prospects, ed., Dolreich Pereira (New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2017), 109-120.


“We’ and ‘They’: Caste Politics of Identity and Difference,” in Caste System in Contemporary India: Issues and Implications, Ed., G.Lazar & K.Jose (New Delhi: Mittal Publication, 2018), 253-270.


“Crisis of Faith, Vocation and Mission: Indian Capuchin Response,” in The Changing Face of the Church and the Society: A Franciscan Reading and Response. Bengaluru: Omega Book World, 2018. 127-143.


“Issue of Corruption and Restoring Transparency,” in The Changing Face of the Church and the Society: A Franciscan Reading and Response. Bengaluru: Omega Book World, 2018. 249-267.


“The Dynamics of Change and Franciscans as Catalyst of Change,” in The Changing Face of the Church and the Society: A Franciscan Reading and Response. Bengaluru: Omega Book World, 2018. 249-267.


“Gandhian Hermeneutics of Suspicion,” in Francis Arackal, ed., Indian Hermeneutics of Suspicion. New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2018, 179-190, ISBN 9789351482949


“Dialoguing with Religions: The Impact of Pope Fracis on ‘Inter-Cultural and Inter-Faith Interactions,” in Pope Francis: His Impact on and Relevance for the Church and Society – Commemorating Five Years of His Papacy, ed. Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ (Pune: Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, 2018), 153-164. 


“Dravidian Indigeneity: Recovery and Reclaiming,” in Exploring Indigenous Knowledge, ed., G.Lazar (Hyderabad: Sanskruti: Institute of Dravidian Culture & Research, 2018), 110-121.

Lessons in Philosophy Text Books:


He has contributed in the IGNOU B.A. Philosophy syllabus by writing some units.  Following are the units."Katha Upanisad" "Mundaka Upanisad," "Mandukya Upanisad," "Prasna Upanisad," "Śaivism and Vaishnavism”


in IGNOU M.A. Philosophy, Units on “Introduction to Epics, Puranas and Bhagavat Gita” “Ethics in the History of Indian Philosophy”  “pramanas –II” “Dalit Aesthetic Outlook,” “Ancient Dalit Philosophers” “Medieval Dalit Philosophers” “Major Issues of Western Philosophy,” “Hegel,” “Masters of Suspicion,” and Course on “Dissertation.”

Book Review:


Satyanilayam, Vol.20, (October 2011), Book Review, Tradition and Innovation: Philosophical Rootedness and Openness, ed. Saju Chackalackal, Bangalore: ATC, 2011, 117-118.


Satyanilayam, Vol. 20, Book review, Violence and Its Victims: A Challenge to Philosophizing in the Indian Context, ed. Ivo Coelho, ATC, 2010, 129-130.


>    He has participated in National and International Conferences, also presented Papers at some of them. The following are the papers presented in Seminars/conferences;


“Concept of the World in Saiva Siddhanta,” Indian Philosophical Congress, North Bengal University, Siluguri, 2005.


“Spirit-Matter Continuum in Tolkapiyyam,’ Indian Council of Philosophical Research National Seminar on ‘Reunderstanding Indian Philosophy and Heritage,’ Department of Philosophy, Vivekananda College, Chennai, Mar, 2005.


“Tamil Cultural and Linguistic Identity: Role of Dravidian Movements” National Seminar on ‘Culture, Language and Social Identities,’  Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, 2006.


“Why And How of Indigenous Philosophizing: Insights from Tolkappiyam,” National Consultation of Philosophers on ‘Indigenous Philosophizing,’ Dharmaram Vidya Kshektram, Bangalore, June 2006.


“Mono-Culturalism: Designs of Hindutva” Guest Lecture, Department of Philosophy, Arulanandar College, Karumatur, Madurai, Jan, 2008.


“Emergence of Subaltern Consciousness: Contribution of Iyothee Thass,” in ICPR National Seminar on “Consciousness as Embodied and/or Contested Reality: An inquiry into the Indian and European Philosophical Traditions,” Madurai: Dept of Philosophy, Arul Anandar College, Madurai, 1-2 Sep, 2008.


“Human-Nature Relationship in Siddha Philosophy,” in Second World Conference, Chennai: Satyabama University, 26-28 Dec, 2008.


“Vision of Organic Whole:  Process Thought and Siddha Cult” in 7th International Whitehead Conference, Bangalore: Christ University, 5-9 Jan, 2009.


“Deconstructing Purusa Sukta: A Response” in Annual Seminar on  “Deconstructing Indian Reality” Chennai: Dept of Philosophy, Loyola College, 6th March, 2009.


“Ancient Indian Wisdom: Intellectual Roots in Tamil Tradition,” in National Seminar on “Philosophical Insights in Classical Tamil Tradition,” Kotagiri: St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, 25-27March, 2009.


“World-View of Contemporary Indian Philosophers: A Social Perspective,” Seminar (Yercaud: Jnanodaya Salesian College, 17-19 Sept, 2009)


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