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Social Reality and Tradition: Essays in Modes of Understanding

Bijoy H. Boruah (Editor) Ramashanker Misra (Editor)
Synopsis What makes something social? Is human social reality, the object-domain of the human sciences, essentially opaque to the explanatory method of nomological objectivity that characterizes the physical sciences? Do historical and cultural underpinnings of human existence severely restrain the ambition of objectivity in the human sciences? Or, is there a sui generis paradigm of social objectivity in social enquiry, such as illustrated by Marxism and ethnomethodology? Besides, do diversity of traditions constrain social understanding in a way that inevitably results in cultural relativism? What does understanding tradition consist in, including whatever we might mean by "the Indian tradition"? These questions about humanity and tradition are dealt with in this book from a variety of interesting perspectives. Together these various modes on understanding provide an illuminating account of human self-understanding in social enquiry.
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About the author

Bijoy H. Boruah

Bijoy H. Boruah is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, kanpur, Currently he is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at IIT Delhi. Professor Boruah has published papers on a wide range of topics in philosophy and literature. He has published a book entitled Fiction and Emotion: A Study in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Mind ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988) and has edited a book entitled Social Reality and Tradition ( Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2006).

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Bibliographic information

Title Social Reality and Tradition: Essays in Modes of Understanding
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131600408
length 214p.