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Domains of Belief
An Interview with professor Kaikhosrov D. Irani
Shahriar Shahriari










About Keikhosrov Irani: Professor Emeritus Kaikhosrov Dinshah Irani was born in Bombay, India on May 1, 1922. He is the elder son of Dinshah Irani and Banu Mithibai Sethna. In college, he studied Chemistry, then Physical Chemistry and then Physics. During the war years, he studied Law and briefly practiced at his father's old law firm. In 1946, he moved to the United States to continue his studies which included a short stay at Princeton University, where he got to work with Albert Einstein. Upon completion of his studies, he began teaching at City College of New York, where he taught philosophy for the following 41 years, and also served as the chairman of the Department of Philosophy for nine years. He has also served as Director of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities of the City College of New York, and was a member of the Academy of Science in New York, the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy of Science Association, and the American Academy of Religion. In 1981, he delivered the Government of India Fellowship Lectures at the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute. He has lectured in his field at a number of universities including UCLA, the universities of Michigan, London, Göthenburg, Vienna and Sydney.  In 1999, he was singularly honored by the establishment of the K.D. Irani chair of Philosophy, at the City College of New York, through an anonymous contribution by one of his former students.

Review:  Shahriar Shahriari has created an intimate portrait of a man who is considered by many to be amongst the greatest thinkers of our times.  Professor Kaikhosrov D. Irani discusses his interactions with such great thinkers as Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi and how they influenced him early in his career.   While viewing this program, you are placed in the middle of the conversation as if you are participating in the stimulating banter that appears on the screen.  For instance you will anxiously wait to learn how Albert Einstein helped Professor Irani get a pay raise before even starting his position.

The first DVD of Domains of Belief begins with a discussion on the philosophy of science, bringing insights into the way Einstein and those around him thought.  The ways in which simple ideas become world changing theories are discussed, as well as the reasons why one may want to get involved in such pursuits.  In part two the discussion is brought to Zarathushtra’s teachings.  First the roots of the religion are discussed, then it’s philosophy and place in the world.  In the second DVD of Domains of Belief Prof. Irani explains his groundbreaking work in philosophy within the context of his own life and experiences.

If you have ever wondered about what makes those who change the world different from those who do not - you should watch Domains of Belief.  Prof. Irani, urged on by Shahriar’s curiosity, paints a portrait of our times, our thoughts and our domains of belief.  They also illustrate how easily one can interact with, and become one of those who change the world.  Domains of Belief should become an integral part of our public and private collections for it inspires us to continue to renovate and renew the world. 

In 2003 at the time of this writing, Trity Pourbahrami was a Masters student at the University of Hawaii School of Social Welfare and Department of Public Administration & Peter Capac is a doctoral student at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy

[i] This review appeared in the Winter 2003 issue of the FEZANA journal and has been reproduced with permission of the author of the review.