The Discourse of Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial, and Contemporary

A. Raghuramaraju

in Debates in Indian Philosophy

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693027
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080359 | DOI:
The Discourse of Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial, and Contemporary

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This chapter focuses on how colonialism seems to have operated on contemporary Indian philosophy. The conclusion may be tentatively used to generalize and understand the larger impact of colonialism on Indian society. It explains that the civilization that fractured India had fractured its own pre-modern society. It then provides the discussion on the different aspects of the partial demolition of the dialogical structure. The three major attempts at the reconstruction of classical Indian philosophy are presented. The first emphasizes that spiritualism is central to Indian thought. Matilal and Daya Krishna provide the viewpoint that rationalism is the core of Indian philosophy. Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya considers materialism as the only living component in Indian philosophy. The possible debates that are provided are between two contemporary Indian philosophers on substantive themes.

Keywords: contemporary Indian philosophy; classical Indian philosophy; colonialism; spiritualism; rationalism; materialism; Daya Krishna; Matilal; Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya

Chapter.  11833 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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