Contemporary Indian Philosophy

by Basant Kumar Lal

  • ISBN Hardcover: 9788120802605, 8120802608
  • ISBN Paperback: 9788120802612, 8120802616
  • Year of Publication: 2014
  • Edition: 10th Reprint
  • No. of Pages: 367
  • Language: English
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    Contemporary Indian Philosophy has arisen in awareness of the need to reconcile the forces of tradition with those of modernity. It is not merely repetitive. It is not merely repetitive. There is, in it, a definite attempt to construct a system.

    It develops under the conviction that the basic aim of Philosophy is to cultivate a world-view. This requires an awareness of the existential condition of life as also the consciousness of life's ultimate ideal, viz., redemption, not only of the individual, but of the total human race. It emphasises the ultimacy of spiritual values; yet it demonstrates that the roots of spiritual life lie in conditions that are essentially existential.

    The present study seeks to high-light these aspects of Contemporary Indian Philosophy. It is an attempt to re-think, in an academic manner, the thoughts of the contemporary thinkers, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya, S. Radhakrishnan, and Mohammad Iqbal. Different aspects of their thoughts have been systematised, categorised and placed under suitable philosophical heads in this work.


    "The work reviewed shows how the contemporary Indian thinkers are struggling with the old problems of the ancient Indian philosophy, for example, the concepts of karma, rebirth, immortality and salvation, in a manner quite different from that of the thinkers of ancient India. In the present author's opinion, the philosophers of twentieth-century India are relating these notions to actual life and experience. Taking examples from real life, they are succeeding to some extent in reducing their abstractness. The book consists of seven chapters. Each chapter is introduced by a brief biography of the respective philosopher. Appended are a Bibliography and an Index of Names and Terms. This compet

    "This work is a good survey of the thinkers presented. The author has given a good account of each and a brief bibliography for each at the end of the book...the book is written in a clear manner and reads easily. The volume could serve as a good introductory text for a course on modern Indian thought and is also recommended to the beginning student in Indian thought".-L. Thomas O' Neil, South Asia Review, August, 1979