The making of contemporary Indian philosophy: Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya

Daniel Raveh (Editor), Elise Coquereau-Saouma (Editor)

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"This book engages in a dialogue with Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya (K.C. Bhattacharyya, KCB 1875-1949) and presents a vista of contemporary Indian philosophy. KCB is one of the founding fathers of contemporary Indian philosophy; a distinct genre of philosophy that draws both on classical Indian philosophical sources and on Western materials, old and new. His work offers both a new and different reading of classical Indian texts, and at the same time he is a unique commentator of Kant and Hegel. The book (re)introduces KCB's philosophy, identifies the novelty of his thinking, and highlights different dimensions of his oeuvre, with special emphasis on freedom as a concept and striving, extending from the metaphysical to the political (or the postcolonial). The contributors to this book decipher KCB's distinct vocabulary (demand, feeling, alternation) and revisit his discussion of Rasa aesthetics. The chapters offer a bird's eye view of his corpus to ascertain if and how its different compartments converge and illuminate the place of the body in his phenomenological inquiry toward "the subject as freedom". The book situates him between classics (Abhinavagupta) and thinkers inspired by his thought (Daya Krishna) and discuss his lectures on Samkhya and Yoga rather than projecting him solely under the rubric of Vedanta. Finally, the book analyzes if and how KCB's philosophical work is relevant to the discourse today, from the problem of other minds to freedoms in the social and political spheres. This book will be of interest to academics studying Indian and comparative philosophy, philosophy of language and mind, phenomenology without borders, and political and postcolonial philosophy"
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages263
ISBN (Electronic)1000802736, 1000802752, 1003153321, 9781000802733, 9781000802757, 9781003153320
ISBN (Print)9780367709815, 9780367720704
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Hindu studies series
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group

ULI publications

  • uli
  • Bhattacharyya, K. C -- 1875-1949
  • Bhattacharyya, Krishnachandra -- 1875-1949
  • Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya -- 1875-1949
  • Philosophy, Indic -- 20th century


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