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Relevance of Environment

Narottam Gaan (Author)
Synopsis The western view of development and modernity premised on matter, ensconces it emblematic faith in technology, centrality of instrumental reason, the imperishability of human freedom at the expense of what the Eastern mysticism holds as sacred and eternal. Al of these basics of western doctrine of progress with the advent of industrial revolution have been considered as sources of an environmental destructive dominant cultural tendency clamping on all the diverse cultural multilateralism. This dominant view of development resulting in a materialistic culture forms the foundation of the secular world view which has been a historically specific description about reduction of reality to matter, the triumph of human reason over the vagaries of nature and the usurpation of space and time by material progress, pandering to human senses and denial of the sacred. Said above does not mean adducing reasons for a return to a pre-modern world view or acquiescing in what the proponents of deconstructive post-modernism want reducing all world views to mere discourse. Bringing to the focus the neglected aspects of Eastern mysticism, western idealism and the recent revolutionary developments in the field of physics it traverses beyond what the western view and science hold as reality, and drawing upon the works of Hegel and the revelation of Eastern seers, and provides a new alternative metaphysics to secular world view. In consonance with the views of the modern scientists and Eastern philosophy it holds that spirit is the only reality. This book attempts at a cosmic whole approach challenging the established international relation theories based upon a Newtonian and Cartesian world view from an ecological perspective. The realist, liberal, critical and post-modern theories have been critically examined in their materialist premises with much of the inputs from the ecological insight, eastern philosophy and the new paradigm thinking in the field of science.
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About the author

Narottam Gaan

Narottam, Gaan, Ph.D. and D.Litt. has been teaching in political science in different colleges since 1978. Not being lured by the lucre of Allied Services (ICS) in 1983 he left the job to stay in the academic life. Publication of innumerable articles and papers in various journals in India and abroad, and five books including this stands as a testament to his scholarship and deep acquaintance with a wide ranging subjects. Privileged to visit Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia on an Austrian government scholarship, he attended many conferences and programmes abroad and awarded a Certificate of Achievement in International Studies from European University Centre for Peace Studies Stadtschlaining, Austria. His presnet post doctoral work on environment, security, development, peace and economic rethinking and various aspects of International Relation entities him to be one of the few celebrated scholars working in India. His next work, Environmental Issues and Challenges: A Critique on International Relation Theories, another feather in his cap of achievement, is demonstrative of his unceasing efforts and unflinching determination to scale the intellectual and academic heights. His new and unconventional ideas on a vast array of subjects ranging from national and international politics to humanity, environment, human rights, security, and development and getting coverage in the daily news papers and journals to the utmost appreciation of both the readers and the layman, show his deep sense of commitment to the subject and concerns with the critical problems plaguing the humanity at present and his being opened up to the inward traffic from other disciplines.

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Bibliographic information

Title Relevance of Environment
Author Narottam Gaan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817835411X
length 418p., Figures; Tables; References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.