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Some very fundamental issues of science and philosophy have been dealt with in this book. Knowledge, consciousness, freedom, action, being and becoming are among those issues. Though analytic tools have often been used to explicate the said concepts, the approach of this book does not aim to be analytic in its narrow sense.
In most of the essays of the book Chattopadhyaya has liberally drawn on science and philosophy, Indian and modern traditions, classical and contemporary writers. Phenomenology and consciousness studies have received special attention of the author in this work. The author has not allowed some such received points of view as realism and idealism, transcendentalism and empiricism marked by their attending variety and indefiniteness, to restrict his was of exploration and explication of the basic concepts of philosophy of science and their manysidedness. Because of the wide range of the themes of the book and their transdisciplinary character it will be of interest not only to professional philosophers and philosophers of science but also to social scientists and general readers.
About the Author:
D.P. Chattopadhyaya M.A. LL.B., Ph.D. (Calcutta and London Schools of Economics), D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), researched, studied and taught at various universities in India, Asia, Europe and USA from 1954-1994. Founder-Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (1981-1990) and President-cum-Chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1984-1991), Chattopadhyaya is currently the Project-Director of the multidisciplinary 77-Vol. Project of HIstory of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilizations [PHISPC] and Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Civilizations [CSC].
Among his notable publications are Individuals and Societies (1967), Individuals and World (1976), Form, Aesthetic Feeling and the Beautiful (in Bengali, 1980), Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988), Anthropology and Historiography of Science (1990), Induction, Probability and Skepticism (1991), Sociology, Ideology and Utopia (1997), Societies, Culture and Ideologies (2000) and Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, Society, Value and Civilizational Dialogue (2002). His latest publication is Anveshan (a collection of poems in Bengali 2003).
|Provenance of the Essays and Acknowledgement||vii|
|I. SCIENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS|
|Chapter 1.||Consciousness and Scientific Knowledge||3|
|Chapter 2.||From Hume and Kant to Popper||23|
|Chapter 3.||Kant on Categories: Forward and Backward||41|
|Chapter 4.||Categorial Framework: Some Problems||57|
|Chapter 5.||How Not to Conflate Understanding with Scientific Knowledge||89|
|II. ASPECTS OF KNOWLEDGE|
|Chapter 6.||Two Perspectives of What Knwoledge is||99|
|Chapter 7.||One, Two and Many: Many Perspectives||107|
|Chapter 8.||Relativism as Self-Recognized limits of Expanding Human Consciousness||135|
|Chapter 9.||Scepticism Revisited: Nagarjuna and Nyaya Via Matilal||163|
|Chapter 10.||Some Ways of Getting Rid of Scepticism||183|
|III. PHENOMENOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE AND FREEDOM|
|Chapter 11.||Rationality: Transparent, Cultural and Transcendental||213|
|Chapter 12.||One the Possibility Transcendental Philosophy: Some Constructions and Questions||239|
|Chapter 13.||Subjectivity: Intersubjectivity and Transcendental Subjectivity||267|
|Chapter 14.||Transparent, Transformed and Transcendental||287|
|Chapter 15.||The Concept of Freedom and Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya||355|
|IV. ON BEING AND BECOMING|
|Chapter 16.||Plato, Neoplatonism and their Indian Parallels||395|
|Chapter 17.||Form, Flux and Life||409|
|V. CAUSATION AND FREEDOM OF ACTION|
|Chapter 18.||Towards A Philosophical Theory of Action||431|
|Chapter 19.||Reflections on Daya Krishna's concept of Action||465|
|VI. SOME IDEAS OF SRI AUROBINDO|
|Chapter 20.||Sri Aurobindo on the Curve of Polity||487|
|Chapter 21.||Integral Monism (Purnadvaitavada) of Sri Aurobindo||519|
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