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Towards Perpetual Peace
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About the Book:

This Posthumously published study provides the maturest thought of the most creative Indian philosopher in recent decades. Professor Banerjee brings to bear on the problem of peace a battery of metaphysical concepts forged over a lifetime, stressing that peace is ill-conceived as the mere absence of war. In order to lay bare the metaphysical conditions of perpetual peace he subjects to a searching critique contemporary panaceas such as science and technology, statecraft, and the elaborate apparatus of twentieth century international organization. It his conclusion appears Utopian we have only to compare it with the Kantian analysis of the Ideas of Reason to glimpse what he is about. The human mind requires regulative principles and is indeed not devoid of them. In contrast to much of traditional Indian thought his orientation is refreshingly this-worldly, and above all, while most contemporary peace studies concentrate on the question of survival, Professor Banerjee offers us a wider context, that of the destiny of man. Herein lies the crucial importance of this challenging book.

 

About the Author:

N.V. BAJERJEE (1897-1984) was an alumnus of Calcutta University, and subsequently took a Ph.D. from London University. He taught at University of Delhi for over 42 years and was the first Professor of Philosophy to be appointed in that University. He was much in demand as a Visiting Professor abroad and his travels included a visit to Germany under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Service. He also lectured at the Universities of Amsterdam and Groningen in the Netherlands. As a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at Monash University in Australia in 1965 he also had the opportunity to lecture in most of the Australian universities. He later toured Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland as a nominee of the Government of India, and visited U.K. as a guest of the British Council. In 1969 he was invited to attend the inaugural session of the World Universities' Conference held under the auspices of UNESCO. His academic career included three years at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study as Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religion. For this reason the Institute is happy to include in its publication programme this seminal work from an author who has already published widely and whose reputation as a philosopher has lost none of its luster over the years.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Editor's Preface v
  Preface ix
  Introduction 1

 

PART I: THE REALMS OF FICTION

 

I Preliminary Remarks 11
II The Fiction of Golden Age and the Classical Theory of History 15
III The Cycle Theory or the theory of Eternal Recurrence 24
IV Nietzsche's Revival of the Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence 29
V Judaism and the Problem of Human Destiny 37
VI Christianity and the Problem of Human Redemption 41
VII The Degeneration of the Religion of Jesus Under Gentile Influence 47
VIII Paganism, Judaism and Christianity in Retrospect 54
IX The Fiction of Heaven 61
X The Fiction of State 77
  A. Introduction 77
  B. The Origin and Function of the State 78
  C. The Emergence of Nation States 86
XI The Origin and Future of Modern Society 98
XII The Russian Revolution and its Impact upon the Development of Society 109
XIII The Fiction of Peace Institutions 113
  A. The League of Nations and the United Nations Organization 113
  B. International Law and the Problem of Peace 120
XIV Concluding Remarks 129

 

PART II: THE TRIAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

I Science and Man 134
II Technology and the human Situation 153
III Concluding Observations 162

 

PART III: THE PEACE-MAKING UTOPIA

 

I Introduction 167
II Towards the Solution of the Problem of Peace: The Role of Contemplation, Meditation and Yoga 175
III The Paradox of Human Existence 191
IV Human Existence as a Task 201
V The Principles of Human Conduct 209
  Epilogue 222
  Index 227

Click Here for More Books Published By Indian Institute of Advanced Study

 

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Towards Perpetual Peace

Item Code:
IDG626
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
1988
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INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDY, SIMLA
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8120805364
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English
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8.8" X 5.7"
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245
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About the Book:

This Posthumously published study provides the maturest thought of the most creative Indian philosopher in recent decades. Professor Banerjee brings to bear on the problem of peace a battery of metaphysical concepts forged over a lifetime, stressing that peace is ill-conceived as the mere absence of war. In order to lay bare the metaphysical conditions of perpetual peace he subjects to a searching critique contemporary panaceas such as science and technology, statecraft, and the elaborate apparatus of twentieth century international organization. It his conclusion appears Utopian we have only to compare it with the Kantian analysis of the Ideas of Reason to glimpse what he is about. The human mind requires regulative principles and is indeed not devoid of them. In contrast to much of traditional Indian thought his orientation is refreshingly this-worldly, and above all, while most contemporary peace studies concentrate on the question of survival, Professor Banerjee offers us a wider context, that of the destiny of man. Herein lies the crucial importance of this challenging book.

 

About the Author:

N.V. BAJERJEE (1897-1984) was an alumnus of Calcutta University, and subsequently took a Ph.D. from London University. He taught at University of Delhi for over 42 years and was the first Professor of Philosophy to be appointed in that University. He was much in demand as a Visiting Professor abroad and his travels included a visit to Germany under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Service. He also lectured at the Universities of Amsterdam and Groningen in the Netherlands. As a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at Monash University in Australia in 1965 he also had the opportunity to lecture in most of the Australian universities. He later toured Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland as a nominee of the Government of India, and visited U.K. as a guest of the British Council. In 1969 he was invited to attend the inaugural session of the World Universities' Conference held under the auspices of UNESCO. His academic career included three years at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study as Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religion. For this reason the Institute is happy to include in its publication programme this seminal work from an author who has already published widely and whose reputation as a philosopher has lost none of its luster over the years.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Editor's Preface v
  Preface ix
  Introduction 1

 

PART I: THE REALMS OF FICTION

 

I Preliminary Remarks 11
II The Fiction of Golden Age and the Classical Theory of History 15
III The Cycle Theory or the theory of Eternal Recurrence 24
IV Nietzsche's Revival of the Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence 29
V Judaism and the Problem of Human Destiny 37
VI Christianity and the Problem of Human Redemption 41
VII The Degeneration of the Religion of Jesus Under Gentile Influence 47
VIII Paganism, Judaism and Christianity in Retrospect 54
IX The Fiction of Heaven 61
X The Fiction of State 77
  A. Introduction 77
  B. The Origin and Function of the State 78
  C. The Emergence of Nation States 86
XI The Origin and Future of Modern Society 98
XII The Russian Revolution and its Impact upon the Development of Society 109
XIII The Fiction of Peace Institutions 113
  A. The League of Nations and the United Nations Organization 113
  B. International Law and the Problem of Peace 120
XIV Concluding Remarks 129

 

PART II: THE TRIAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

I Science and Man 134
II Technology and the human Situation 153
III Concluding Observations 162

 

PART III: THE PEACE-MAKING UTOPIA

 

I Introduction 167
II Towards the Solution of the Problem of Peace: The Role of Contemplation, Meditation and Yoga 175
III The Paradox of Human Existence 191
IV Human Existence as a Task 201
V The Principles of Human Conduct 209
  Epilogue 222
  Index 227

Click Here for More Books Published By Indian Institute of Advanced Study

 

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