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Alternative Standpoints: A Tribute to Kalidas Bhattacharyya

Madhumita Chattopadhyay (Author)

The anthology Alternative Standpoints: A Tribute to Kalidas Bhattacharyya is a tribute to Prof. Kalidas Bhattacharyya, the eminent thinker of twentieth-century India, on his birth centenary by his students. A distinguished philosopher and an academician, Prof. Bhattacharyya presented philosophy in an original way with scientific spirit. He was essentially a metaphysician and his metaphysics was deeply rooted in the traditions of Advaita Vedanta and Shaivism. His ultimate concern was to present a theory of freedom and a theory of the possibility of realizing that freedom.

In this collection eminent scholars have written on different aspects of his philosophy. This anthology is divided into four parts - the first one concentrating on his metaphysics, the second part dealing with his views on freedom, the third one with education and science and the fourth one is a reminiscence of his student and his family members. In short this anthology tries to present a picture of Kalidas Bhattacharyya as a philosopher and also as a man within the two covers.

This volume is expected to familiarize students and present-day philosophers the persona of Prof. Bhattacharyya and his philosophical positioning and pedagogical skillset.

Contents: Introduction. 1. Reflection, alternation and meta-philosophy: an overview of the philosophy of Kalidas Bhattacharyya/Kalyan Kumar Bagchi. 2. Knowing beforehand/Manidipa Sanyal. 3. From language to metaphysics/Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty. 4. Metaphysics: a reflective engagement with experience/Amitabha Das Gupta. 5. Kalidas Bhattacharyya on object and content/Rupa Bandyopadhyay. 6. Kalidas Bhattacharyya on vedantic anekantavada: an evaluation/Raghunath Ghosh. 7. Anekanta Vedanta/Tara Chatterjee. 8. Man as a natural and transcendent being/Indrani Sanyal. 9. The concept of self in Buddhis/Maitreyee Datta. 10. The art of becoming: Kalidas Bhattacharyya’s concept of freedom/Santwana Majumdar. 11. Art as freedom: aesthetics of Kalidas Bhattacharyya/Goutam Biswas. 12. Kalidas Bhattacharyya: the educationist/Shefali Moitra. 13. Evolution of post-newtonian thoughts in physical science: from definite to indefinite/Gautam Bhattacharyya. 14.Revisiting Kalidas Bhattacharyya: a life merged into philosophizing/Angshuman Bhattacharya. Index.

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About the author

Madhumita Chattopadhyay

Madhumita Chattopadhyay is a Professor in the department of Philosophy, Jadavpur university from where she completed her PhD on Liar Paradox. Dr. Chattopadhyay was a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 1999. She visited Japan with the Bukkyo dendo Kyokai fellowship in 2002. She taught at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA under the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Scheme in 2004. She has also visited Budapest, Hungary in 2007 under the Indo-Hungarian educational exchange Program. Her areas of interest are philosophical logic, Buddhist Philosophy, Indian ethics and Comparative religion. She has authored two books –What to do with the Liar and Ratnakirti on Apoha. She has co-edited two other books –Ethics: An Anthology and Siksaksetre Parasparik Samparka (in Bengali). She has also published numerous scholarly articles in reputed journals.

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Title Alternative Standpoints: A Tribute to Kalidas Bhattacharyya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788192570297
length xxii+258p.,