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Philosophy & Religion

Hinduism : A Gandhian Perspective - 2/ed - M. V. Nadkarni

Author

M. V. Nadkarni

Cover Price : Rs 395.00

Imprint : Ane Books Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN : 8180522873
YOP : 2008

Binding : Paperback
Total Pages : 544
CD : No

Reviews :- ....The book is a 'Must Read' for its thought provoking analysis and valuable insights... Prof. K.T. Pandurangi Former Professor of Sanskrit, Bangalore University, Vice-Chairman & Hon. Director Dvaita Vedanta Foundation, Bangalore. “ ... Your perspective is much broader than Gandhiji's and much fuller.' Prof. G S Amur (Eminent Critic & Kannada Writer) “This definitive work on Hinduism is marked by high scholarship and penetrating analysis. The book takes a critical look at Hinduism with a rare measure of objectivity and without any rancour towards other religions. It is a masterly documentation of numerous corrective processes helping the Hindu society to assimilate modernity, pluralism and secular modes of governance. Truly, a book Gandhiji, who figures in the subtitle of the book, would be proud of!! ” Prof. V M Rao Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore “In my many years of listening to people talk on religion, dialogue and harmony, I was rarely as inspired and impressed as I was with your thoughts. ... very balanced, insightful and lofty way of thinking and expression.” Prof. Ali Khwaja Chairman- Banjara Academy, Hon. Director- Helping Hand About the author :- Prof. M V Nadkarni an economist by training and profession, has a deep interest in social sciences, religion and philosophy. He was a Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, from 1976 to 1999 & is currently a Honorary Visiting Professor at the same Institute. He served as the Vice Chancellor for a full term of three years till 2002 at Gulbarga University, Karnataka. He was awarded National Fellowship by ICSSR for two years (2002-2004) in recognition of his distinguished work in social sciences, under which this study was prepared. He was elected President at the 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics and gave his Presidential Address on 'Forests, People and Economics' in November 1995 at IRMA, Anand. He has over 22 books (including books edited and major reports) to his credit, and over 100 papers in academic journals in India and abroad.

Between Feminism and Materialism : A Question of Method - Gillian Howie

Author

Gillian Howie

Cover Price : Rs 2,495.00

Imprint : Palgrave / Macmillan
ISBN : 9781137582300
YOP : 2016

Binding : Hardback
Size : 6.25" X 9.50"
Total Pages : 280
CD : No

About the Book In her latest book, Gillian Howie offers a bold new way to make sense of the relationship between feminist theory and capitalism. This exciting combination of existentialism, phenomenology, and critical theory delivers a proactive feminism ready to respond to the challenges presented by our thoroughly modern times. Reviews "Howie constructs a genuinely critical feminist theory capable of unifying, dialectically, many of the diverse problems that exercise feminists today. Through a sophisticated, systematic deployment of a philosophically nuanced materialism, Howie defends the senses of realism, objectivity, essence, woman, and patriarchy, which she argues are necessary for the identification of and struggle against the oppression of women. She also convincingly explains the form that oppression often takes by demonstrating the relevance of revivified Marxist categories (reification, commodification, alienation, exploitation), while bending a sometimes-reluctant Adorno into the service of feminism. This book should be read by anyone interested in the relation between feminist theory and politics and confirms Howie as one of the most important feminist materialist thinkers writing in English today." - Stella Sandford, Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London Contents Introduction Production Objectivity Reason Essentialism Identity Non-Identity Sex and Gender Patriarchy Conclusion

Moments from History and Philosophy of Science (Kerala Ed) - Board of Editors

Author

Board of Editors

Cover Price : Rs 70.00

Imprint : Ane Books Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN : 9789381162002
YOP : 2014

Binding : Paperback
Total Pages : 118
CD : No

About the Book Moments from History and Philosophy of Science is a collection of essays of representative quality put together to impart a general awareness about the origin, development and significance of the history and philosophy of science to the undergraduate students of science and non-science programmes through English common course. Key features include Glossary, further reading links, and exercises. Contents 1. Our Ancestors 2. The Origin of Science 3. The Method of Science 4. Archimedes 5. Benzene 6. Mathematics in Ancient India 7. Galileo Presents the Republic of Venice with a new Discovery 8. The Star Splitter 9. Anandi Gopal/Anandibai Joshi 10. The excitement of Colour and Scents

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Cover Price : Rs 12,300.00

Imprint : A & C Black
ISBN : 9781111111111
YOP : 2000

Binding : Paperback
Total Pages : 176
CD : No

Handbook of Hinduism : Ancient to Contemporary, Reprint - M.V. Nadkarni

Author

M.V. Nadkarni

Cover Price : Rs 1,495.00

Imprint : Ane Books Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN : 9789382127604
YOP : 2016

Binding : Hardback
Total Pages : 364
CD : No

Comments Way back in 2006 M.V. Nadkarni impacted the intellectual world with a classic study on Hinduism that was eagerly received and greatly admired by the reading public. This sequel, Handbook of Hinduism, should command even more attention because it goes much further in discussing not merely the metaphysics, moral philosophy and sadhana in Hinduism but also the egalitarian, liberal and socially engaged aspects of Hinduism, that is as informative as it is profoundly stimulating. Hinduism is seen in a positive light and Nadkarni demolishes the myth that the notorious caste system is an intrinsic part of Hinduism, insisting that the belief that only the Brahmins created Hinduism and the caste system, is sociologically naïve, historically incorrect and factually wrong. Noting that the dynamism of Hinduism lies in its continuity and change, Nadkarni presents the religion in its ancient and classical as well as modern and contemporary phases with clarity and high objectivity. No less than Swami Vivekananda surely would have appreciated this work reflecting as it does, the essence of what Swamiji once described as “the mother of all religions”. Interest in Hinduism is not confined merely to Hindus. There is resurgence of interest in it almost all over the world, and many Universities outside India, particularly in the US and Europe, offer courses in Hinduism. This book, which I rate as one of the best on the theme, would eminently be useful both to teachers and students of these courses, apart from attracting the general reader. M V Kamath Eminent Journalist Director of Manipal Institute of Communications, Manipal Contents Blessings by Swami Harshananda, Preface, Key to Transliteration and Pronunciation, Part I : What Is Hinduism and What Is Not 1. Introduction 2. Theology and Metaphysics of Hinduism 3. Moral Philosophy of Hinduism 4. Sadhana in Hinduism 5. Caste System is not Hinduism Part II: Dynamics of Hinduism 6. Dynamics of Hinduism: Continuity and Change 7. Ancient and Classical Phase 8. Bhakti Movements 9. Modern and Contemporary Phase, References, Glossary, Name Index, Subject Index, Index to Shlokas, Songs and Poems About The Book Hinduism is much misunderstood, not only by non-Hindus but also by Hindus themselves. It has been tried to be defined in terms of rules of purity and pollution, caste hierarchy, Brahminism, idolatry, ritualism, cow-worship, other-worldliness and amorality! That is, anything which Hinduism is not. Some have even doubts if it is a religion at all! This book has, therefore, taken upon itself the task of clearing such doubts and misunderstandings. It explains in Part I what really Hinduism is and what it is not. It involves an exposition of the concept of the Divine and Its relation to the world and the Self, and related Saadhanaa – ways of realizing the Divine as per Hinduism. Hinduism insists on being truthful, compassionate and generous, irrespective of whether one is interested in Saadhanaa. Hence there is a separate chapter on the moral philosophy of Hinduism. Among other things, it goes into social engagement and environmental sensitivity of Hinduism. The book then explains why Hinduism is neither Brahminism nor caste system. With due documentation, it shows that Hinduism is actually opposed to the caste system and its hierarchy. In Part II, which is focused on the dynamics of Hinduism, the book explains how Hinduism is not rigid, and how it evolved from the ancient to the contemporary phase, establishing itself as a world religion with a lot to teach in the present troubled times. Though rooted in universal and eternal values like truth and non-violence which Gandhiji declared as the very basis of Hinduism, it is not opposed to introspection, reinterpretations and imbibing good influences from outside, as part of its relentless pursuit of truth. The Vedas and Upanishads did contribute immensely to the rise and richness of Hinduism, but its ethos is not limited by them. The rich expressions of its essence by the poet-saints of the medieval Bhakti Movements and savants of the modern and contemporary phase are as much a part of Hinduism as the Vedas and Upanishads. This book is actually inspired by the ideas and work of eminent leaders of the modern phase like Shri Narayana Guru, Swami Vivekanada and of course Mahatma Gandhi. They showed how Hinduism is characterized throughout its history by its inclusiveness, respect for differences in faiths, celebration of diversity, and openness to reason. If it were not so, India would not have remained a secular democracy. The book includes shlokas and songs both in original and translation, stories and anecdotes, making it not only authentic but also interesting. It is an avatar of its earlier version, Hinduism–A Gandhian Perspective (2006, 2008). But there is so much new in it that a change in the title and cover-design seemed justified. It is also more comprehensive, yet compact and readable. About the Author Prof. M.V. Nadkarni is an economist by profession, is also deeply interested in philosophy and religion. He is presently a Hon. Visiting Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, and formerly a Vice Chancellor, ICSSR National Fellow, and Chairman of CMDR, Dharwad.


   

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