Indian Philosophy in English: From Renaissance to Independence

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This book publishes, for the first time in decades, and in many cases, for the first time in a readily accessible edition, English language philosophical literature written in India during the period of British rule. Bhushan's and Garfield's own essays on the work of this period contextualize the philosophical essays collected and connect them to broader intellectual, artistic and political movements in India. This volume yields a new understanding of cosmopolitan consciousness in a colonial context, of the ...
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Overview


This book publishes, for the first time in decades, and in many cases, for the first time in a readily accessible edition, English language philosophical literature written in India during the period of British rule. Bhushan's and Garfield's own essays on the work of this period contextualize the philosophical essays collected and connect them to broader intellectual, artistic and political movements in India. This volume yields a new understanding of cosmopolitan consciousness in a colonial context, of the intellectual agency of colonial academic communities, and of the roots of cross-cultural philosophy as it is practiced today. It transforms the canon of global philosophy, presenting for the first time a usable collection and a systematic study of Anglophone Indian philosophy.

Many historians of Indian philosophy see a radical disjuncture between traditional Indian philosophy and contemporary Indian academic philosophy that has abandoned its roots amid globalization. This volume provides a corrective to this common view. The literature collected and studied in this volume is at the same time Indian and global, demonstrating that the colonial Indian philosophical communities were important participants in global dialogues, and revealing the roots of contemporary Indian philosophical thought.

The scholars whose work is published here will be unfamiliar to many contemporary philosophers. But the reader will discover that their work is creative, exciting, and original, and introduces distinctive voices into global conversations. These were the teachers who trained the best Indian scholars of the post-Independence period. They engaged creatively both with the classical Indian tradition and with the philosophy of the West, forging a new Indian philosophical idiom to which contemporary Indian and global philosophy are indebted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199769254
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/26/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 664
  • Sales rank: 1,102,640
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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Nalini Bhushan is Professor of Philosophy at Smith College. She pursues research in aesthetics, the philosophy of chemistry, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and Indian philosophy. She is co-editor of Of Minds and Molecules and of TransBuddhism: Translation, Transmission and Transformation. Bhushan is currently working on aesthetic questions raised by the work of artist Amrita Sher-Gil.

Jay Garfield is Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Smith College, Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies. He works in the philosophy of mind, foundations of cognitive science, logic, philosophy of language, Buddhist philosophy, cross-cultural hermeneutics, theoretical and applied ethics and epistemology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Whose Voice? Whose Tongue? Philosophy in English in Colonial India (B&G)
I. National Identity II. Aesthetics III. Vedanta IV. Metaphysics and Epistemology V. Symposium: Has Aurobindo Refuted Mayavada?
Indra Sen, NA Nikam, Haridas Chaudhuri and GR Malkani (Amalner 1950)
Bibliography of Indian Philosophy in the Colonial Period

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