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Philosophical Reflections (Revised and Enlarged Edition)

Philosophical Reflections (Revised and Enlarged Edition)


Item Code: IDE078

by G. C. Nayak

Hardcover (Edition: 2002)

Indian Council of Philosophical Research
ISBN 81-85636-48-6

Language: English
Size: 8.8" X 5.8"
Pages: 270
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From the Jacket:

In this work, the author reflects on some aspects of Indian philosophy, especially on points connected with Buddhism, Vedanta, and Values. Although his approach towards reflection is primarily philosophical and fundamentally analytical in character, the author, in this work, does not confine himself to what may be called 'hardcore' analytical philosophy in elucidating notions of 'common-ism', 'values', etc. the method adopted is still analytical and critical. And even when he is engaged in assessing critically the specific nature of the contribution of various types of analytical philosophy, he ventures into what he considers to be 'free thinking', free not from a logical point of view but from the compelling images of 'hard core' analytic thought.

The author has taken care to revise the already existing eighteen chapters of the earlier edition whose contents, however, remain more or less unchanged, while he has added three more chapters in this revised and enlarged second edition.

About the Author:

G.C. Nayak, born and brought up at Cuttack (Orissa), India, was the best graduate of Utkal Univeristy in 1954, 1st Class 1st M.A. (Philosophy) at Allahabad in 1956, and got his Ph.D. from the Bristol University, U.K. as a Commonwealth scholar in the year 1965. He was Professor and Head of the Post-Graduate Department of Philosophy of Utkal University from 1978 to 1989 and the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, Puri from 1989 to 1992, Visiting Professor in the Department of Buddhist Studies and Philosophy at Nagarjuna University from 1992 to 1994, and in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 1995, he was the Senior Fellow, ICPR during 1996-98, and UGC Emeritus Fellow, at BHU, Varanasi during 1999-2000. Presently, he is a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla since 2001.

Professor Nayak has been the General President of the Indian Philosophical Congress in 1992, and of the Akhil Bharatiya Darshan Parishad in 2001.

Some of his important publications are Evil, Karma, and Reincarnation (1973), Essays in Analytical Philosophy (1978), Analytical Studies in Buddhist Philosophy (edited) (1984), Philosophical Reflections (1987), Nehru and Indian Culture (edited) (1990), Evil and the Retributive Hypothesis (1993), Philosophical Enterprise and the Scientific Spirit (1994), Understanding Religious Phenomenon (1997), and Madhyamika Sunyata (2001).


Preface to the Second Editionix
1. Illumination through Analysis: A Study in Vedantic Conception vis-à-vis the Madhyamika1
2. The Philosophy of Nagarjuna and Candrakirti18
3. Satori in Zen Buddhism34
4. The Noble Truths43
5. Maya: the Advaitin's Gordian Knot58
6. Significance of Knowledge in Sankara and Yajnavalkya66
7. Tolerance in Advaita75
8. Transcendental Secularism83
9. Freedom in Indian Thought: Some Highlights91
10. Rationalism of the Gita98
11. The Philosophy of Baladeva Vidyabhusana103
12. The Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo117
13. What is Living and What is Dead in Religion?140
14. A Plea for Common-ism151
15. Values: Dharma and Moksa165
16. Dharma and its Transcendence as a Value in Indian Thought and its Culmination in Madhyamika and Ch'an / Zen Buddhism175
17. Analytic Philosophy: Its Multiple Facets191
18. The Problem of Universals199
19. Can there by any Indeterminate Perception
(Nirvikalpa ka Pratyaksa)?
20. The Criterion of Personal Identity -
Must it be Physical?
21. Can There Be a Synthesis of Eastern and Western Thought?235

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