Individual Interpretations and Applications of Rationalism

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919406 | DOI:
Individual Interpretations and Applications of Rationalism

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This chapter provides general information about the different interpretations and applications of rationalism by the members, activists and representatives of ANiS. It is shown how ANiS manages to unite intellectuals and activists in one organisation through a process in which abstract debates and philosophical distinctions work alongside concrete social activities with immediate practical relevance. It is argued that for the average member, ideological rejections of practices such as Ayurveda or Astrology, portrayed as “pseudo-sciences”, are less important than the relevance of rationalism in their everyday lives as exemplified by their experience of fearlessness and a sense of invulnerability.

Keywords: interpretation; application; intellectuals; activists; Ayurveda; Astrology; pseudo-science; fearlessness

Chapter.  6783 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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