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Introduction

A. Raghuramaraju

in Modernity in Indian Social Theory

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070122
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070122.003.0007
Introduction

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In India, philosophers have not attempted to overcome the existing limitation between social theory and social philosophy. Surprisingly, many of them are not even aware of this as a philosophical issue. This explains why there is a social variance between India and the West. Like the West, Indian society is becoming modern, but modernity in India has to coexist with the pre-modern. This introduction examines the uniqueness of Rene Descartes's method and presents a different perspective on modernity. It considers the intermediate attempts to overcome solipsism into three major movements, each constituting a distinct stage in the movement of ideas. It also considers the views of Alasdair MacIntyre on modernity and tradition in the West.

Keywords: Alasdair MacIntyre; India; West; Rene Descartes; social theory; social philosophy; modernity; solipsism; tradition; social variance

Chapter.  10359 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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