BiographyBorn in Montreal, Karl-Stéphan Bouthillette is what he likes to call ‘French-Canadian’: a Québécois. However, his studies have turned him into quite a globetrotter. He obtained his PhD (2018) in Indian Philosophies from the Institute for Indology and Tibetology of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, in Munich, Germany, where he was a member of the Distant Worlds: Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies, in the division researching on 'coexistence'. He was then invited as a Fellow Researcher in Leiden, Holland, after receiving a Gonda Fellowship, following which he moved on to Ghent, in Belgium, where he was awarded a prestigious FWO Post-Doctoral Research Grant.
He received his first M.A. in Sciences of Religions at Laval University (2011), in Quebec City, and his second one in Sanskrit Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (2013), in Delhi. He began his studies with Journalism (Arts and Technologies of Media) in college (2002), and Classical Studies (Ancient Greco-Roman worlds) at the BA level (2005).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Bouthillette's current areas of research focus on early developments in Indian philosophical doxography and list-making. He is also theorizing the Indian intellectual dimensions of spiritual life, especially in the scholastic aspect of their expression. In brief, he has taken interest in what he describes as the ‘yoga of reason’, or the ‘path of knowledge’, pursued by the ‘nerds’ among yogins.