Chris Rahlwes

I’m a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. I’m a member of UConn’s Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning (ECOM) research groupLogic group, and Meaning group

My main research interests are philosophy of language as well as Indian and Chinese Philosophy. I’m especially interested in the role negation plays within Buddhist, Jaina, and Daoist language and logic.

I’m also interested in formal logic, Islamic Philosophy, Africana philosophy (Kemet & Decolonial), and Mesoamerican philosophy (Nahua & Maya).

My dissertation (supervised by Alexus McLeod (chair), Mitch Green, Lionel ShapiroJay Garfield, and Ethan Mills) focuses on negation and the speech act of denial through engaging with Buddhist, Jaina, and Daoist traditions of philosophy.

You can contact me at chris [dot] rahlwes [at] gmail [dot] com.


  • My review of Berger’s Indian and Intercultural Philosophy has be released on The Indian Philosophy Blog.
  • My article, Nāgārjuna’s Negation, has been published in the Journal of Indian Philosophy.
  • My literary translation of Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamdhyamakakārikā chapters 11, 16 has been published in the Hudson Review.
  • My literary translation of Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamdhyamakakārikā chapters 3, 10, 12 has been published in New Poetry in Translation.