Overview for History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: Interaction with China, Central and West Asia (Volume III, Part II)
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, recognize 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 contributors to this volume include distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines, and the essays are thematically linked by the focus on the historical exchange of ideas and experience among the peoples of India, China, Central and West Asia. Aspects of culture as diverse as styles of dressing, music, metallurgy, and medicine are woven together in this volume, to present the rich tapestry that is Asia. This volume, and others in the series, will be of special interest to students and scholars of history, philosophy, cultural studies, and political science, as well as general readers interested in the civilization and culture of India, and its historical interface with neighbouring cultures.
A. Rahman (Editor)
A. Rahman is the founder Director of National Institute for Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi. He was Planning Advisor for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and also member of many international academies on the history of science and science policy. Rahman enrolled for a PhD in bio-chemistry in Sheffield University, England, where he met George Sharton whose remarks on medieval Indian history made him shift his area of studies to history of science. While working on his own, he met J.D. Bernal and Joseph Needham, who later guided him in his studies. He has compiled the Biography of Source Material on Science in Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian (1963). His other works include Anatomy of Science (1972), Triveni: Science, Democracy and Socialism (1977), Science and Technology in Medieval India (1982), Intellectual Colonization: Science and Technology in West-East Relations (1983), Philosophy of Science and its Application to Scientific and Technological Advantage in India (1985), and Science, Technology and Development (1995). He has recently contributed to the Italian Encyclopaedia on science and technology in medieval India using Arabic and Persian sources.
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.