Religious Studies


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Dr Jessica Frazier

Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies


Office: Cornwallis North West 221


Having studied Sanskrit, Hindu culture and continental philosophy at Cambridge and Oxford, my work now focuses on key themes in Hinduism and religious philosophies more widely. I work on philosophies and arts, focusing on ontology, aesthetics, and India's diverse notions of the self and the divine. These topics are explored in my book Reality, Religion and Passion, which contrasted the Indian philosophy of Acintya Bhedabheda with the hermeneutic ontology of Hans-Georg Gadamer, my recent edited book Categorisation in Indian Philosophy: Thinking Inside the Box, and also in my discussion of Indian cosmological arguments in 'Natural Theology in Eastern Religions' in The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, conceptions of the self in possession in 'Overflowing Selves: The Phenomenology of Possession' in Mystical Theology in the French Tradition: Eruptions from France, and Hindu formulations of Atheism in The Oxford Handbook of Atheism. I am currently investigating notions of divine embodiment and transformation in the parinama-vada doctrines and metaphors of Bhedabheda Hindu theology, and I also work on Hindu arts, aesthetics, and devotional thought, focusing on conceptions of emotion, passion, and embodiment.

I looked at the broader history, methods, disciplines, regional focus, and key themes of Hindu studies in The Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies, and I am also the Founding and Managing Editor of the Journal of Hindu Studies which is published by Oxford University Press, editing annual thematic issues on topics such as Arts and Aesthetics, Reason and Rationality, Bhakti, Ritual and Practice, etc.

In the study of religion more broadly, I am working on reviving alternative conceptions of value, ontology, the self, and religious experience. These issues are explored in recent essays on topics such as passion and desire in Girard’s notion of sacrifice, and the nature of value in Gadamer’s hermeneutic philosophy. My forthcoming monographs Gadamer on Religion: Beauty, Spirit, Globalism, and The Inner World: Approaches to Experience in the Phenomenology, Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology of Religion, also explore conceptions of the self and its position in relation to truth, value and beauty.

I am also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies since 2005, where I deliver various seminars, pursue research projects. In addition I regularly consult and contribute to various media sources such as the BBC on religious topics. Discussions from In Our Time on the Bhagavad Gita, the Kama Sutra , and Hindu concepts of creation can be heard online.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Frazier, J. (2018). An Introduction to Hindu Thought. Penguin Books.
Frazier, J. (2018). Gadamer on Religion. Routledge.
Frazier, J. (2017). Hindu Worldviews: Theories of Self, Ritual and Reality. [Online]. Bloomsbury. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2017). Religion, Hinduism and the Sacred: Rethinking the Divine. Cambridge: Cambridge university Press.
Frazier, J. (2014). The Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies. Frazier, J. and Flood, G. eds. London and New York: Bloomsbury.
Frazier, J. (2008). Reality, Religion and Passion: Indian and Western Approaches in Hans-Georg Gadamer and Rupa Gosvami. Lanham, Maryland, USA: Lexington Books.
Edited book
Frazier, J. ed. (2014). Categorisation in Indian Philosophy: Thinking Inside the Box. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
Frazier, J. (2015). Vedāntic Traditions in Hindu Studies. The Journal of Hindu Studies [Online] 8:1-15. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2013). Bhakti in Hindu Cultures. The Journal of Hindu Studies [Online] 6:101-113. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2012). Ritual and Practice in Hindu Studies. The Journal of Hindu Studies [Online] 5:1-9. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2011). Reason and Rationality in Hindu Studies. The Journal of Hindu Studies [Online] 4:1-11. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2010). Arts and Aesthetics in Hindu Studies. The Journal of Hindu Studies [Online] 3:1-11. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2009). History and Historiography in Hinduism. The Journal of Hindu Studies [Online] 2:1-16. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2008). Hermeneutics in Hindu Studies. The Journal of Hindu Studies [Online] 1:3-10. Available at:
Book section
Frazier, J. (2017). Philosophy and religion in India. in: Bilimoria, P. ed. History of Indian Philosophy. Routledge. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2016). The Overflowing Self: The Phenomenology of Possession in Biblical and Indian Mysticism. in: Nelstrop, L. and Bradley, B. O. eds. Mysticism in the French Tradition: Eruptions from France. Ashgate, pp. 81-100.
Frazier, J. (2014). Hinduism - Visual Art and Architecture. in: The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 350-357. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2013). Hinduism. in: Oxford Handbook of Atheism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 367-381.
Frazier, J. (2013). Colors. in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism: Religious Symbols. Brill. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2013). From Slaughtered Lambs to Dedicated Lives: Sacrifice as Value-Bestowal. in: Zachhuber, J. and Meszaros, J. eds. Sacrifice and Modern Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Frazier, J. (2013). Natural Theology in Eastern Religions. in: Re Manning, R. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 166-181. Available at:
Frazier, J. (2010). Becoming the Goddess: Female Subjectivity and the Passion of the Goddess Radha. in: New Topics in Feminist Philosophy of Religion. Springer, pp. 199-215. Available at:
Edited journal
Frazier, J. ed. (2016). Journal of Hindu Studies. Journal of Hindu Studies.
Total publications in KAR: 23 [See all in KAR]
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Jessica Frazier teaches modules on Hinduism and Buddhism.

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Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 03/10/2017