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Towards Perpetual Peace

Towards Perpetual Peace

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Item Code: IDG626

by NIKUNJA VIHARI BANERJEE

Hardcover (Edition: 1988)

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDY, SIMLA
ISBN 8120805364

Size: 8.8" X 5.7"
Pages: 245
Price: $22.50
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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 Prefacev
Prefaceix
Introduction1

PART I: THE REALMS OF FICTION

IPreliminary Remarks11
IIThe Fiction of Golden Age and the Classical Theory of History15
III The Cycle Theory or the theory of Eternal Recurrence24
IVNietzsche's Revival of the Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence29
VJudaism and the Problem of Human Destiny37
VIChristianity and the Problem of Human Redemption41
VIIThe Degeneration of the Religion of Jesus Under Gentile Influence47
VIII Paganism, Judaism and Christianity in Retrospect54
IX The Fiction of Heaven61
X The Fiction of State77
A. Introduction 77
B. The Origin and Function of the State78
C. The Emergence of Nation States86
XI The Origin and Future of Modern Society98
XIIThe Russian Revolution and its Impact upon the Development of Society109
XIIIThe Fiction of Peace Institutions113
A. The League of Nations and the United Nations Organization113
B. International Law and the Problem of Peace 120
XIVConcluding Remarks129

PART II: THE TRIAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I Science and Man134
II Technology and the human Situation153
IIIConcluding Observations162

PART III: THE PEACE-MAKING UTOPIA

IIntroduction167
II Towards the Solution of the Problem of Peace: The Role of Contemplation, Meditation and Yoga175
III The Paradox of Human Existence191
IVHuman Existence as a Task201
V The Principles of Human Conduct209
Epilogue222
Index227

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