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History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: The Dawn of Indian Civilization: Up to c. 600 BC (Volume I, Part I)

G.C. Pande (Editor)
Synopsis The volumes of the Project on the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization aim at discovering the main aspects of India'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 whore 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 'methodological pluralism'. 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. This first volume is a new adventure in the historiography of Indian civilization. It avoids the ethnic and West-centred bias which has been a legacy of colonial historiography. It seeks strict scientific objectivity, differing from all hitherto existing volumes of this kind by giving due attention to science and philosophy in the history of Indian civilization. The contributions are based on the first-hand and critical study of the original sources by the best known experts. While meticulously attending to chronology and hard data, the volume also seeks to understand scientific and philosophical concepts, methods and theories. It seeks to present the symbolic world of art and culture as grounded in moral vision as well as social reality. The work is designed to be of use to scholars and specially to students and general readers. The volume is divided into six sections: Historiography; Geography and Ethnography; Prehistory, Technology and Social Evolution; Proto-History; The Vedas, Vedic Society and Ideas; and Foundations and Beginnings of Systematic Science.
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About the author

G.C. Pande

G.C. Pande, thinker, scholar, historian, regarded internationally as an authority on Buddhism and ancient Indian culture, joined the University of Allahabad, his alma mater, as Lecturer in History after receiving his D.Phil in 1947. Later he became Professor and Head of the Department of History at three universities – Gorakhpur, Rajasthan and Allahabad. At present, he is Chairman, Allahabad Museum Society, Allahabad; Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Chairman, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath. Recipient of many honorary degrees (Vidya Varidhi, Sahitya Vacaspati, Vakpati, Mahamahopadhyaya) and awards (Sankara Sammana, Manisha Sammana, etc.), he has also been honoured with D.Litt from the Banaras Hindu University in 2000, and is recipient of the first Darshan Vigyan Sammana, (2001) and Naresh Mehta Sammana, (2001). He has authored and edited several books and contributed over seventy articles to encyclopedias, anthologies and journals. His Studies in the Origins of Buddhism, Life and Thought of Sankaracarya, Studies in Mahayana, Foundations of Indian Culture, Bharatiya Parampara ke Mool Swara, Vaidika Sanskriti and other books brought him encomiums from scholars such as Gopinath Kaviraj, Vidhushekhara Bhattacharya, Suniti Kumar Chatterji, Kshetresh Chandra Chattopadhyaya, I.B. Horner, H. Nakamura, Louis Renou, Bhikku Pasadika and others.

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Title History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: The Dawn of Indian Civilization: Up to c. 600 BC (Volume I, Part I)
Author G.C. Pande
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187586001
length 819p., Illustrations; Maps; 29cm.