Overview for History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: Developments in Indian Philosophy from Eighteenth Century Onwards: Classical and Western (Volume X, Part I)
The volumes of the Project on the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization aim at discovering the main aspects of Indiaâ€™s heritage and present them in an interrelated way. These volumes, in spite of their unitary look, recognise the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The project is not being executed by a single group of thinkers and writers who are methodologically uniform or ideologically identical in their commitments. In fact contributions are made by different scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches. The project is marked by what may be called â€˜methodological pluralismâ€™. In spite of its primary historical character, this project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by many scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India. The development in Nyaya, Mimamsa, Vedanta and Samkhya from the end of seventeenth century onwards is delineated in this book and which reveals that it is not only a period just of pariskara or subtle refinement as is generally believed but also that of genuine creative innovation. The same can be said in the field of Alamkarasastra, Vyavaharasastra and Dharmasastra and also in the thinking done in the field of philosophy, written in English language, since the coming of the British. It also tries to develop a new methodology for the historiography of thought, which may be relevant to other fields of history writing as well. It also suggests the direction which further works may take in future.
Daya Krishna (Author)
Daya Krishna was Profesor of Philosophy at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. He has written extensively on Indian Philosophy and his major works include Indian Philosophy: a Counter-Perspectives (1991-96), New Perspectives in Indian Philosophy (1991), Indian Philosophy: A New Approach (1992). His most recent work on Indian Philosophy is Developments in India Philosophy from 18th century Onwards: Classical and Modern (2002). He has also edited Indiaâ€™s Intellectual Traditions (1987-2003), and Bhakti: A Contemporary Discussion (2000) and written A Prolegomena to any future Historiography of Cultures and Civilisations (1997). A collection of his philosophical writings has been published under the title The Art of the Conceptual: Explorations in a Conceptual Maze over three decades (1989). A Work on his â€˜philosophyâ€™ has been published entitled The Philosophy of Daya Krishna (1996).
D.P. Chattopadhyaya (Editor)
D.P. Chattopadhyaya, Professor of Philosophy, jadavpur University, is currently working as Research Scientist of the University Grants Commission. Among his numerous published works are Individuals and Societies(1967), Individuals and Worlds (1976), environment Evolution and Value (1982), Humans Meanings Existences (1983), Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988). His forthcoming books are Induction Probability and Scepticism and Anthropology and historiography of Science.