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What is the role of philosopher? Can philosophy be of any use to man's social living? These are some of the questions that the philosophy teachers try to answer in this book of twenty-two essays. It closely scrutinises the relevance of philosophy at the social level, throwing light on various philosophical systems and view of thinkers, both Indian and western. It shows how people can be guided on their many problems in a philosophical and holistic manner.
Presented at a national seminar, the essays discuss a wide range of philosophical issues and perspectives on how man can modify his individual thinking, develop the spiritual dimension of life, transform his social conduct and manage personal and social relationships better. They deal with the relevance of Gandhi's concept of freedom, the ethical importance of Tiruvalluvar's philosophical outpourings, Buddhist perspectives on mindfulness and social reformation, and significance of Yoga for harmonious living. They take up contemporary concerns like reservations, dalit philosophy, growth of philosophical Counseling, ethical and bio-ethical dimensions of abortion, professional ethics, and role of philosophy in tackling the harmful effects of consumerism and materialism.
This book will be extremely interesting for scholars of philosophy as well as general readers, and highly useful as a textbook in Applied Philosophy for student.
About the Author
Prof. P. George Victor (born: 1953), professor of Philosophy, and Founder Director, Centre for Religious Studies, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam has been teaching Sankara Vedanta, and Western Philosophy for postgraduate students for more than two decades.
He has participated in many seminars in India and abroad. He has organised the 'First National Seminar on Teaching Philosophy in India' during March 1998 in association with the editors of Teaching Philosophy journal, USA sponsored by ICPR. His major published works include 'Social Philosophy of Vedanta', 'Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya' and 'Moral Science'.
THE Department of Philosophy, founded in 1932 by Professor
S. Radhakrishnan when he was the Vice-chancellor of Andhra
University, has been a forum for philosophical dialogue, inviting
distinguished professors from all over India, England, Germany
and the USA. It has hosted twice, in 1961 and 1984, the Indian
Philosophical Congress and conducted a number of seminars
and summer schools in Vedanta, Buddhism, Idealism,
Empiricism, Rationalism and Peace, inviting specialists in all
schools of Indian philosophy and Western philosophy.
The rich academic tradition, 'Global Perspective with Vedantic
Spirit' laid down by Professor K. Satchidananda Murty, has been
the guiding spirit in the Department of Philosophy to conduct
tought-provoking seminars that subsequently influenced the
philosophic circles all over the country. They are What is Living
and What is Dead in Indian Philosophy (1975), Indian Philsophy:
Some Thinkers and Themes (1979), Indian Philosophy in the
Context of World Philosophy (1982), Teaching Philosophy in India:
A Vision for 21st Century Education (1998).
Attempting further to advance the teaching of philosophy,
the Department of Philosophy, Andhra University, Visakha-
patnam, has conducted a national seminar on 'Social Relevance
of Philosophy in the New Millennium' from 7 to 9 December
2000 under UGC Special Assistance Programme. The aim of the
seminar was to promote awareness in Applied Philosophy and
initiate teachers of philosophy to discover a working philosophy
for everyday living. How to guide people on their various
problems, what kind of solutions, not problems, the philosophers
have professed for harmonious living and how philosophers
became social reformers, are some of the issues on which papers
were invited from scholars.
Professor J.P. Shukla, Chairman, Indian Philosophical
Congress, was the chief guest of the seminar. He brought forth
some of the notable ideas expressed in Plato's Republic, perennial
ideas of the French Revelation, and the noble thoughts expressed
by Mahavira, the Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi that are relevant
for the present times. He said that philosophy is essential and it
is the duty of philosophy departments in the universities to make
philosophy relevant so as to educate the younger generation of
the nation for a better society tomorrow. Professor T.S. Devadoss
of Madras University has delivered the Keynote Address in which
Today, we need a radical reorientation of philosophical
studies to suit the social needs of the society at large.
The objective of this seminar, as rightly pointed out by
the organisers is 'to promote awareness in applied
philosophy and initiate teachers of philsophy to discover
a working philosophy for everyday living'.
What is the role of philosopher? Can philosophy be of any use to
man's social living? These are some of the questions that the
philosophy teachers try to answer in this book of twenty-two
essays. It closely scrutinises the relevance of philosophy at the
social level, throwing light on various philosophical systems and
views of thinkers, both Indian and Western. It shows how people
can be guided on their many problems in a philosophical and
Keeping in view the task of a philosopher and to instill
enduring values, the essays discuss a wide range of philosophical
issues and perspectives on how man can modify his individual
thinking, develop the spiritual dimension of life, transform his
social conduct and manage personal and social relationships
better. They deal with relevance of Gandhi's concept of freedom,
the ethical importance of Tiruvalluvar's philosophical outpour-
ings, Buddhist perspectives on mindfulness and social
reformation, and significance of Yoga for harmonious living.
They take up contemporary concersn like reservations, dalit
philosophy, growth of the philosophical counselling, ethical and
bio-ethical dimensions of abortion, professional ethics, and role
of philosophy in tackling the harmful effects of consumerism
Philosophy teachers from many States of India have come
and presented their essays relating to popular themes on
Philosophy and Public Issues, Philosophy and Business,
Professional Ethics, Philosophers as Social Reformers, Philosophy
as the Golden Mean, and Philosophy and Harmonious Living.
The essays are titled in this volume on the basis of the concepts
the authors have emphasised and the conceptions they have
evolved. I am fortunate in being its first reader for I have derived
immense pleasure and satisfaction on certain concepts and issues.
I believe that this is one of the best books on Applied Philosophy
contributed by Indian scholars.
All the credit for this publication goes to the University Grants
Commission, which made the seminar possible and to the
scholars who have presented these essays. I express my deep
sense of gratitude to Professor R. Radhakrishna, Vice-Chancellor,
Professor J.M. Naidu, Registrar and Mrs. K. Samrajya Lakshmi,
Finance officer of Andhra University for their encouragement
and administrative help. I am indebted to Professor J.P. Shukla,
Professor T.S. Devadoss and Professor D.K. Chakravarty for
recommending the papers for publication. My profound thanks
to Sri Susheel K. Mittal, Director of D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.,
for publishing this work.
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