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Philosophy as Samvada and Svaraj
Dialogical Meditations on Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi

Edited by:
  • Shail Mayaram - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India

© 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Philosophy as Samvada and Svaraj discusses Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi’s respective intellectual contributions and speculates how one might take forward the work of the two persons who were among the most brilliant minds of our times. 

Both Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi emphasized freedom and autonomy of thought and upheld the importance of samvada, somewhat inadequate in its English translation as dialogue. And both of them were philosophers concerned with how philosophy might seek its svaraj, free from the orientalist hold of the religious, the colonial crippling of indigenous languages and institutions and the structures and categories of un-freedom that continue to haunt inhabitants of West and non-West. Philosophy must involve samvada—an open dialogue and intimate encounter between self and other. Both philosophers experimented with these concepts and were enormously creative.

This book is a testament not only to the core values of philosophy, but also to how these values can be carried forward by new weaves of tradition and modernity.

 

 
Peter Ronald deSouza
Foreword
Shail Mayaram
Introduction
 
I: OF LOVE, LIBERATION AND LILA
Fred Dallmayr
Figure and Ground: Reflections on Two Exemplary Indian thinkers
Anuradha Veeravalli
Ramlila: A Metaphysics of the Everyday
Bettina Bäumer
‘Falling in Love with a Civilization’: A Tribute to Daya Krishna, the Thinker
 
II: THE IDEA OF SWARAJ: ASYMMETRIES OF POWER, KNOWLEDGE AND ALTERNATIVE, ETHICAL POLITICS
Richard Sorabji
Gandhi and the Stoics: Squaring Emotional Detachment with Universal Love and Political Action
Tridip Suhrud
A Still, Small Voice
Michael McGhee
Learning to Converse
 
III: MODES OF SAMVAD
Devasia M Antony
Towards a New Hermeneutic of Self-inquiry
Daniel Raveh
On Philosophy as Samvada: Thinking with Daya Krishna
Mustafa Khawaja
The Dialogue Must Continue
 
IV: LANGUAGE, SELFHOOD AND PHILOSOPHY
Bijoy H. Boruah
The Virtue of Being a Self
Prasenjit Biswas
Daya Krishna’s ‘Presuppositionless Philosophy’: Sublimity as the Source of Value and Knowledge
Ramesh C Pradhan
The Moral and the Spiritual: A Study of the Self and the Not-self in Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi
Arindam Chakrabarti
On Missing and Seeming to Miss: Some Philosophical Ramblings on the Subjective/Objective Distinction in Memory of Daya Krishna
Probal Dasgupta
Dialogical Investigations on Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi
 
V: RE-THINKING ISSUES IN THE ARTS/ETHICS/SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS
Neelima Vashistha
The Applicability of Indian Aesthetic Theory of Rasa to the Visual Arts: A Rejoinder to Daya Krishna’s Article, ‘Rasa—The Bane of Indian Aesthetics’
C K Raju
The Harmony Principle
S Lokanathan
On Mathematics and the Physical World
 
VI: ON LIFE AND DEATH AND DYING
Shankar Ramaswami
Matricide and Martyrdom: Cancer and Karm in the Kalyug
 
Afterword
 
Index
If we look at the intellectual journeys of both Ramchandra Gandhi and Daya Krishna, we see in their work an attempt to represent, in interesting ways, the Indian philosophical tradition. Looking at their ideas, and getting a sense of how they chose between options at different forks in the road that they would necessarily have encountered would be very revealing. Exploring why they did, if they did, ignore the many road signs that the Western canon had erected in their minds, as they negotiated issues of ethics and public morality, would tell us a great deal of what it is to evolve a balance between the Western and the Indian philosophical currents. ... [This book] should be seen as a valuable contribution to our continuous attempt to decolonize the mind.
Peter Ronald deSouza
Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla

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