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Sri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers

Indrani Sanyal (Editor) Krishna Roy (Editor)
Synopsis The period spanning the latter half of the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century in India was marked by a reawakened national spirit to reinterpret Indian traditional values in modern light. This book, comprising deliberations presented at a national seminar, discusses some of the illustrious persons of that period who by heir ideas and actions enriched the socio-cultural and spiritual life of the period. Researchers study the period of Sri Aurobindo, his contributions as well as those of his contemporaries including Raja Rammohan Roy, Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore, Gokhle and Satish Chandra. The aim is to situate Sri Aurobindo's thoughts in its socio-cultural background and study the contributions of his contemporaries to bring out the distinctiveness of Sri Aurobindo. The essays deal with Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of nationalism, his view of Indian renaissance and Ireland's national and cultural renaissance and his attitude towards national education. They take up interpretations of violence and non-violence by Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi, Vivekananda's outlook about morality, caste system and dharma, and response of Aurobindo, Tilak and Gokhale to Western imperialism. An interesting effort is made to compare the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo and Tagore towards the revolutionary movement and reveal Aurobindo's perception of Tagore's poetry. The book will be useful to historians, political and social thinkers, besides the general readers.
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About the authors

Indrani Sanyal

Professor Indrani Sanyal teachers Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University since 1986.  Professor Sanyal is also the Director of the Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies, Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University.  She has published numerous articles and essays on her areas of interest which include ethics, especially Indian ethics, philosophy of Logic and Language, Metaphysics and Sri Aurobindo Studies.  Under the Indo-French Exchange Programme she visited Paris.  Her important publication includes On Essentialist Claims, and she has co-edited several anthologies.

Krishna Roy

Professor Krishna roy has recently retired from the Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.  Professor Roy was one of the members of the Department of Philosophy under whose active interest the Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies has been set up at Jadavpur University.  Her areas of interest include Phenomenology, Existentialism, Hermeneutics, Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo.  One of her important publications is Hermeneutics: East and West, and she has edited other important anthologies.  As a Fulbright Scholar, she was affiliated to Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1995.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.02.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124604282, 9788124604281
length x+350p., Index; 23cm.