Monday, February 29, 2016

Makarand R. Paranjape, Aparajita Mukhopadhyay, and Brainerd Prince

The Integral Philosophy of Aurobindo: Hermeneutics and the Study of Religion (Routledge Hindu Studies Series) Oct 8, 2016 by Brainerd Prince (Author)
Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. This book is an enquiry into the integral philosophy of Aurobindo and its contemporary relevance. It offers a reading of Aurobindo’s key texts by bringing them into conversation with religious studies and the hermeneutical traditions. The central argument advanced is that Aurobindo’s integral philosophy is best understood as hermeneutical philosophy of religion.

Such an understanding of his philosophy, offering both substantive and methodological insights for the academic study of religion, subdivides into three interrelated aims. The first is to demonstrate that the power of the Aurobindonian vision lies in its self-conception as a traditionary-hermeneutical enquiry into religion. Secondly, the author draws substantive insights from Aurobindo’s enquiry to envision a way beyond the impasse within the current religious-secular debate in the academic study of religion. Working out of the condition of secularism, the dominant secularists demand the abandonment of the category ‘religion’ and the dismantling of the academic discipline of religious studies. Aurobindo’s integral work on ‘religion’, arising out of the Vedānta tradition, critiques the condition of secularism that undergirds the religious-secular debate. 

Finally, informed by the hermeneutical tradition and building on the methodological insights from Aurobindo's integral method, the book explores a hermeneutical approach for the study of religion which is dialogical in nature. This unique book will be of interest to academics studying Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion, Modern India, Modern Hinduism, Postcolonial thought as well as South Asian Studies. Brainerd Prince is currently a Visiting Research Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford, UK. He is also Director of the Samvada Centre for Research Resources, New Delhi, India.

Essays on Sri Aurobindo Hardcover – December 31, 2015  by Aparajita Mukhopadhyay (Author)

"This anthology is a collection of eleven papers written by the distinguished scholars from different parts of India and abroad. This book presents a panorama of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy from different perspectives. An endeavour has been made to explain Sri Aurobindo's view regarding Integral Metaphysics, the system which accepts the ontology of both material world and consciousness. This anthology is an enquiry to decide the domain of metaphysics by ensuring its difference from the realm of physics. Its aim is to understand the nature of Sri Aurobindo's mystic, yogic, spiritual experience. This is a search for the divine life. It is an attempt to justify the instrumental value of evil as it helps to uplift us from this mundane world atmosphere. It determines the status of evil which is contrary to the Divine God, though emerges from that ultimate Real.

To focus on the aesthetic value of Sri Aurobindo's poetic language, Essays on Sri Aurobindo has included the discussion of his Savitri. It depicts Sri Aurobindo's view about ideal woman who possesses the virtues of care, love, devotion and is also capable to rationally justify her opinion. This book represents his theory of education which emphasizes on learning of application, rather than gathering information. At the same time discussion of his humanistic approach helps us to realize our true self. As this anthology encompasses different aspects of Sri Aurobindo s thought it will satisfy the purpose of the academicians and scholars who are interested to understand his philosophy. "

Cultural Politics in Modern India: Postcolonial prospects, colourful cosmopolitanism, global proximities by Makarand R. Paranjape (Author)
India’s global proximities derive in good measure from its struggle against British imperialism. In its efforts to become a nation, India turned modern in its own unusual way. At the heart of this metamorphosis was a "colourful cosmopolitanism," the unique manner in which India made the world its neighbourhood. The most creative thinkers and leaders of that period reimagined diverse horizons. They collaborated not only in widespread anti-colonial struggles but also in articulating the vision of alter-globalization, universalism, and cosmopolitanism. 

This book, in revealing this dimension, offers new and original interpretations of figures such as Kant, Tagore, Heidegger, Gandhi, Aurobindo, Gebser, Kosambi, Narayan, Ezekiel, and Spivak. It also analyses cultural and aesthetic phenomena, from the rasa theory to Bollywood cinema, explaining how Indian ideas, texts, and cultural expressions interacted with a wider world and contributed to the making of modern India.

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