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Science, Spirituality and the Modernization of India

Makarand Paranjape (Editor)
Synopsis Science, Spirituality and the Modernizations of India explores the lively transaction between science and spirituality during the last 150 years in India. A Major premise of the book is that spirituality played a key role in the construction of Indian modernity. While science has certainly been an agent of modernization in India and other non-Western countries, what makes Indian modernity somewhat special is that spiritual leaders have also been instrumental in the process. Moreover, leading Indian scientists and spiritualists have recognized the immense potential for dialogue between the two disciplines. Post-colonial India, with its ready access to a holistic spirituality and significant achievements in science and technology, is a fertile site for such a dialogue. Each of the book’s four sections addresses specific themes: (1) The tension not just between science and spirituality, but also between the east and West; (2) How some key figures in India became carriers of modern consciousness, and explored the relationship between science and spirituality in the very process of trying to reform their society; (3) Significant areas of research in which science and spirituality are both deeply implicated; (4) relationship of both scientific and spiritual practice with gender and social Justice.
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About the author

Makarand Paranjape

Makarand Paranjape is Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a student of modern Indian spiritual traditions. A poet, scholar, and critic, he is the author and editor of numerous books including Decolonization and Development: Hind Svaraj Revisioned and The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader.

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Title Science, Spirituality and the Modernization of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.11.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Anthem Press
Language: English
isbn 9781843317487
length xxiv+271p., Notes; Figures; 26cm.