The distinctive feature of this work is that the author was consciously
motivated by contemporary historical experience: the contemporary historical
experience: the frequent conflict between communities which have coalesced
around different religious beliefs. 'If we can discover,' he wrote in the
Introduction to this book, 'the deep structure, so to say, of each great
religious tradition, an awareness of the fundamental unity of man may emerge out
of this discovery, which would be extremely valuable today, in fact, priceless
in a world where we have frequent cases of Moradabad, Middle-East, and Northern
Ireland,' Needless to say, in our world today the agenda so clearly articulated
by Matilal remains relevant.
Matilal took great care to avoid using technical language as the readers he
wished to address are not limited to the circle of professional philosophers. To
read this work by one of the finest Indian minds of our times is a rewarding
About the Author:
Bimal Krishna Matilal (1935-91) was Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions
and Ethics at Oxford University from 1977 to 1991. Matilal was an academic of
exceptional scholarship and originality and in his untimely death the world lost
an outstanding thinker and philosopher.
His major publications include the Navya Nyaya Doctrine of Negation;
Epistemology, Logic and Grammar in Indian Philosophical Analysis; Logic,
Language and Reality and Perception: An Essay on the Classical Indian
Theories of Knowledge.
Heeraman Tiwari teaches history of ancient Indian ideas and Sanskrit at the
Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He has a
Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Delhi University and D.Pihl in Indian Philosophy from
Balliol College, Oxford. He has edited (with Jonardan Ganeri) Bimal Krishna
Matilal's The Character of Logic in India and is currently working on two
new books, From the Word to the World and What is Hinduism?.
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