History of philosophical thinking evinces two different approaches while one excludes the other concentrates on man. The exploration of the meaning of man needs to take into account the made of emergence of man.
The author in this work has made an attempt at elucidating the tow structures of human existence, subjectivity and relatedness, in the light of basic structure, i.e., finitude. In this elucidation, the author has tried to focus on (1) the uniqueness of man and (2) the directedness e.g. the transcendence as expressed in the dialectical movement to the infinite or God. Transcendence in the opinion of author does not mean the transcendent, and the former which is co-related to discontent contributes to the human fulfillment.
The varied Naturalistic and reductionistic accounts of man which are characterized by the common denial of the surplus in man and consequentially human autonomy and dignity have been examined and found untenable.
About the Author:
Dr. Santosh Chandra Sengupta was born in 1923. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy of the University of Calcutta and Ph.D. degree in Philosophy of the University of London. He Joined Visva-Bharati University as a lecturer in Philosophy in 1954, and was appointed a full Professor in 1964. Had been to the States as fulbright Visiting Professor in 1965 for one academic year. He presided over the Logic and Metaphysics section of Indian Philosophical Congress held at Madras in 1965. He delivered lectures at Central Michigan University and other institutions. In 1967 the author had been to Canada to participate in Inter-American Philosophical Congress and to deliver a course of lectures at Mcmaster University, Hamilton. He participated in International Philosophical Congress which was held in Vienna in 1968 and in the International Conference on world religions at Beirut in 1970. He had been a Visiting Professor in 1971-72 at the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, visited British Universities in 1973 on the invitation of the British Council, participated in Bicentennial Symposium of Philosophy held in New York in 1976, delivered lectures at Iranian Academy of Philosophy, Teheran in 1977, and Presided over a session of International Conference held at Jerusalem in 1977 under the auspices of International Society for Metaphysics.
He is the Author of "An Enquiry into the Existence of God", "Good, Freewill and God", "Transcendence Mystery and Maya", "Belief, Faith and Knowledge", "Logic of Religious volumes, one on Rabindranath Tagore and the American Philosophical Association and the society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. He is on the Executive Committee of the Inter-national Metaphysical society.
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