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Freedom And Transcendence

Freedom And Transcendence
$22.50
Item Code: IDF815
Author: Krishna Chaitanya
Publisher: Manohar Publishers and Distributors
Edition: 1982
Pages: 562
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
About the Book:

The divergence of disciplines and their utter failure to converge to a spire of wisdom from where man can contemplate the world, himself and the destiny of both, and the aggressive denial of all values by a reductionism scientism have contributed to the steady diminishment of man and brought him to the brink of annihilation in nuclear holocaust or ecological attrition. Formidable as the task is, if man and his values are to survive, there is no other option but to attempt a concept-by-concept reconstruction of the foundations of certitude, This is what Krishna Chaitanya has attempted in his pent logy on the philosophy of freedom.

In the Physics and Chemistry of Freedom, he showed that self determination is an intrinsic property of matter even at the particle level, by revealing the implications of quantum physics. The Biology of Freedom revealed the enhancement of the capacity for self-determination. The Psychology of Freedom answered the creeds that deny the mind, or reduce it to mechanism, or regard it as a mask worn by the irrational. The Sociology of Freedom examined the conditions for the fulfilment of freedom and the realization of values in group living.

And now, in Freedom and Transcendence. Krishna Chaitanya explores the intimations from the beginnings of things, of the empirical world, of history, which may be relevant for man's self-fulfilment in history. The threads of reconstructive reasoning from all the previous volumes are gathered up here to weave a net of meaning which can capture an insight that may yet redeem a fast disintegrating world.

About the Author:

Described by national periodicals as "one of the most original and stimulating minds writing in the subcontinent today" and as "our nearest approximation to the Renaissance man, versatile in interests and depth of learning," Krishna Chaitanya (b.1918 in Kerala) is the author of over thirty books, the major categories being: a ten volume history of world literature in English and several Indian languages; Sanskrit classics retold for children; and a five volume philosophy of freedom of which this is the concluding volume. In 1964 he was given a special award by the Kerala Sahitya Academy, and was invited as a "Critic of ideas" by the institute of international Education, New York, for a six months' tour of the United States. His book got the Federation of Indian Publishers' Award for the best Children's book published during the International Year of the Child. As Vice-President, Chairman or member of functional committees, he has been associated with many organizations like the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, the Camera Society of India, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, India International Center, National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, Sangeet Natak Academy, Authors Guild of India. His philosophy of freedom has been compared by critics to the work of Thomas Aquinas, Herbert Spencer, Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin and whitehead. For the final volume, the present work, he was given a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship.

CONTENTS

1. Towards a Fundamental Probing1
Finding our bearings 1; Dimensions of the Person 9; An Enlightened Empiricism 16.
2. The Still Evolving Nature27
Psychosomatic Unity 27; Some Unreal Difficulties 34; No Premature Take-Off 50;
3.The Birds of the Upanishads60
THE SERIAL STEPPING BACK 60; FROM MAP TO TERRITORY 65; ONTOLOGY AND ACTION 74; A STARBURST OF IMAGES 80.
4.Man , Nature and Deity87
THE CHORD OF THREE NOTES 87; THE TRANSLUCENT VEIL 96; TOWARDS A CONCEPT OF DEITY 107.
5.The Design of Existence122
NATURE AS MEDIUM 122; THE WORLD AS ARENA 129.
6. The affirming Denial140
THE APPARENT NEGATION 140; THE LATENT AFFIRMATION 150; THE TREE WITH ROOTS ABOVE 157.
7.Ambiguous Affirmations176
A CRISIS OF IDENTITY 176; THE BONDED-LIBERATED STATE 186; REDEMPTION HERE AND NOW 202.
8.The Self's Expending Radius217
THE LOSING AND THE FINDING 217; OF GRACE AND WORKS 222; THE WORLD OF VALUES 229; THE WORLD AND VALUES 238.
9.The Light That Shines Through258
FAULTS IN THE WORLD'S FRAME? 258; WHO BLOCKS THE LIGHT? 271; NURSING THE FLAME 279.
10.From Knowledge to Faith294
KNOWING AND BEING 294; THE SELF-IMAGE 300; CONSCIOUSNESS AND CONSCIENCE 307;
11.From Faith to Action318
SIN AND PUNISHMENT 318; ACTION BONDING AND LIBERATING 329; ENCOUNTER WITH THE TRAGIC 343;
12.Freedom and History366
VINDICATION OF HISTORY 366; VINDICATION OF FREEDOM 373; MAN'S RESPONSIBILITY 385; PARTNERSHIP OF MAN AND DEITY 392;<>/td
13.Towards a Sense of the Sacred412
RETREAT FROM BEING 412; RETURN TO BEING 421; THE POETIC PERCEPTION 431.
14.Personhood and Communion441
EVOLUTION TOWARDS COMMUNITY 441; FROM SURVIVAL TO BEING 453; BEING AND COMMUNION 463.
15.Partners in Being and Becoming478
TOWARDS A PROBING BY THE PERSON 478; THE FORMS OF DEITY'S DELIGHT 488; THE REACH OF MAN'S RELISH 502.
Epilogue527
Index539

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