Graduate Students


 

Jonathan Peterson

Jonathan Peterson

 

Jonathan’s (jon.peterson@mail.utoronto.ca) research addresses issues related to social, doctrinal, and discursive developments in South Asian religious histories. More specifically, his research investigates pre-colonial Vedānta traditions in South Asia and how systems of patronage combined with novel discursive strategies were instrumental in the formation and mobilization of intra-Vedānta sectarian tension. Key figures around whom this study largely constellate are Appayya Dīkṣita, Bhaṭṭoji Dīkṣita, and Raṅgoji Dīkṣita, whose patronage links and intellectual rivalries offer unique perspectives into the socio-historical dimensions of Advaita Vedānta at its apogee. Jonathan joins the Department for the Study of Religion from the University of Colorado Boulder where he completed a master of arts degree in religious studies in 2015. In addition to South Asian intellectual traditions, Jonathan is also an avid student of contemporary critical philosophy, and he holds a certificate in Critical Theory from the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at the University of Colorado Boulder.