The Spirit of Modern India

Writings in Philosophy, Religion, and Culture

Edited by Robert McDermott and Vishwanath S. Naravane

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  • The Spirit of Modern India is essential reading for those who wish to better understand India and its modern roots.

An introduction to modern Indian thought which establishes the historical context in which Indian thinkers of the past century developed their ideas, showing how they comprise a coherent vision that is both Indian and contemporary.

Format:
paperback
Size:
204 x 133 mm
Publisher:
Lindisfarne Books
Subject:
Religion & Spirituality
Extent:
336 pages
ISBN:
9781584200840
Publication date:
21 Oct 2010

Description

This introduction to modern Indian thought establishes the historical context in which Indian thinkers of the past century developed their ideas, showing how those ideas comprise a coherent vision that is both Indian and contemporary. The Spirit of Modern India offers a full treatment of these ideas in an intelligible and concise approach and format.

Despite a growing interest in Indian thought and life, the best writings of major twentieth-century thinkers have not been well presented within their cultural framework. This is the first single volume to offer such a wide representation of India's experience and scholarship through traditional and contemporary strains as articulated by her greatest modern thinkers. The period designated 'modern' refers to the remarkable century between the mid-1800s and the mid-1900s.

The Spirit of Modern India includes writings by Sri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Tagore, Ghandi, Nehru, Radhakrisnan and Sri Aurobindo. These writings are arranged according to each era of Indian thought and culture -- philosophy, religion, ethics, education, aesthetics and national vision. Each is introduced to illuminate the material and put the selections into their historical and cultural context.

A chronology lists important dates and works of major authors and dates related to Indian and Western intellectual history. A glossary of important names and terms makes the more technical selections readily accessible. The bibliography will guide the reader to further reading.

The Spirit of Modern India is essential reading for those who wish to better understand India and its modern roots.

Reviews

'The volume represents an excellent introduction to modern Indian thought and a point of departure for further study.'
--David Lormier, Network Review

Author

Robert McDermott, PhD, is President Emeritus and Chair of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Vishwanath S. Naravane, PhD, was born in Allahabad and taught at Allahabad University for twenty years. In 1965, he was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Pune University. He has lectured in various countries and worked as a visiting professor at several colleges and universities in the US. In addition to philosophy and religion, Dr Naravane taught courses in Indian history, art and literature.

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Robert McDermott has also edited a book about Indian guru Sri Aurobindo that might be of interest to you:
Six Pillars: Introductions to the Works of Sri Aurobindo

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