Debating Vivekananda

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9780199450688

Publication date:

13/10/2014

Hardback

542 pages

225.0x145.0mm

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ISBN:

9780199450688

Publication date:

13/10/2014

Hardback

542 pages

225.0x145.0mm

A. Raghuramaraju

This volume evaluates the life, thoughts, and works of the renowned nineteenth-century philosopher and social reformer Swami Vivekananda. Bringing together essays from varied disciplines, the work engages with such issues related to Vivekananda as the extent of his impact on society; Vivekananda's relationship with his mentor, Ramakrishna Parmahamsa; practice of Vedanta, revivalism, secularism and fundamentalism; his views on women; and science. 

Suitable for: This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students philosophy, Indian philosophy, history,  religious and political thought.

Rights:  World Rights

A. Raghuramaraju

Description

By conferring titles such as Swami, Yogi, Mahatma, Maharshi, Gurudev or Baba, the Indian society has transformed several writers and thinkers of modern India into icons. It is not surprising therefore that a profusion of hagiographic and emotional writings exist on the renowned nineteenth-century philosopher Swami Vivekananda and hence the pressing need to look at him in the light of debates in academic writings in order to enrich the liberal academic space.   Debating Vivekananda juxtaposes an array of contrasting views that examine the life, thoughts, and works of Vivekananda from various, and often opposing, vantage points. Was he ‘the resounding voice of a new and confident India’ or merely a ‘whimper of the wounded pride of a subject people’? The various essays, in this volume critically examine the extent of his influence, the source of his thoughts, his relationship with Ramakrishna Paramhansa, and his views on women, science, and communalism.   The book thus serves as a platform for a debate to unfold—a debate that is informed by logical arguments instead of the creation of personality myths. The different perspectives allow one to engage with and at the same time rigorously assess the ideas of a modern writer-thinker. 

A. Raghuramaraju

Table of contents

Contents
Introduction xi
I EXTENT AND LIMITS OF IMPACT
1 Swami Vivekananda 
Brajendranath Seal
2 Swami Vivekananda 
Bal Gangadhar Tilak
3 Swami Vivekananda 
Jawaharlal Nehru
4 The Political and Social Dimensions of Vivekananda's Ideology 
Prabha Dixit
II PRACTICAL VEDANTA
5 Schopenhauer and Hindu Ethics 
Paul Hacker
6 Practical Vedanta 
Wilhelm Halbfass
7 Religious Evolution and Social Change in India: A Study of the Ramakrishna Mission Movement 
Krishna Prakash Gupta
III RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHANSA
8 Kaliyuga, Chakri and Bhakti: Ramakrishna and His Times 
Sumit Sarkar
Vivekananda and Ramakrisna Face to Face: An Essay on the Alterity of a Saint 
Carl Olson
IV SECULARISM
10 Swami Vivekananda: A Case Study of the Hindu Religious Tradition and the Modern Secular Ideal 
Krishna Prakash Gupta
11 Vivekananda and Secularism: A Nineteenth Century
Solution and a Twentieth Century Problem 
Ashis Nandy
12 Vivekananda and Secularism 
Nirmal Mukherjee
13 A Response 
Krishna Prakash Gupta
V FUNDAMENTALISM
14 Swami Vivekananda and the Challenge to Fundamentalism
Nemai Sadhan Bose
15 Swami Vivekananda 
Jyotirmaya Sharma
VI WOMAN
16 Spiritual Masculinity and Swami Vivekananda 
Indira Chowdhury
17 The Metaphysics of Ethical Love: Comparing Practical
Vedanta and Feminist Ethics 
Vrinda Dalmiya
VII SCIENCE
18 Yoga Sutra IV, 2-3 and Vivekananda's Interpretation
of Evolution 
D. H. Killingley
19 Swami Vivekananda's Use of Science as an Analogy for
the Attainment of Moksa 
Anantanand Rambachan
About the Editor and Contributors 

 

 

A. Raghuramaraju

A. Raghuramaraju

A. Raghuramaraju

Description

By conferring titles such as Swami, Yogi, Mahatma, Maharshi, Gurudev or Baba, the Indian society has transformed several writers and thinkers of modern India into icons. It is not surprising therefore that a profusion of hagiographic and emotional writings exist on the renowned nineteenth-century philosopher Swami Vivekananda and hence the pressing need to look at him in the light of debates in academic writings in order to enrich the liberal academic space.   Debating Vivekananda juxtaposes an array of contrasting views that examine the life, thoughts, and works of Vivekananda from various, and often opposing, vantage points. Was he ‘the resounding voice of a new and confident India’ or merely a ‘whimper of the wounded pride of a subject people’? The various essays, in this volume critically examine the extent of his influence, the source of his thoughts, his relationship with Ramakrishna Paramhansa, and his views on women, science, and communalism.   The book thus serves as a platform for a debate to unfold—a debate that is informed by logical arguments instead of the creation of personality myths. The different perspectives allow one to engage with and at the same time rigorously assess the ideas of a modern writer-thinker. 

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Table of contents

Contents
Introduction xi
I EXTENT AND LIMITS OF IMPACT
1 Swami Vivekananda 
Brajendranath Seal
2 Swami Vivekananda 
Bal Gangadhar Tilak
3 Swami Vivekananda 
Jawaharlal Nehru
4 The Political and Social Dimensions of Vivekananda's Ideology 
Prabha Dixit
II PRACTICAL VEDANTA
5 Schopenhauer and Hindu Ethics 
Paul Hacker
6 Practical Vedanta 
Wilhelm Halbfass
7 Religious Evolution and Social Change in India: A Study of the Ramakrishna Mission Movement 
Krishna Prakash Gupta
III RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHANSA
8 Kaliyuga, Chakri and Bhakti: Ramakrishna and His Times 
Sumit Sarkar
Vivekananda and Ramakrisna Face to Face: An Essay on the Alterity of a Saint 
Carl Olson
IV SECULARISM
10 Swami Vivekananda: A Case Study of the Hindu Religious Tradition and the Modern Secular Ideal 
Krishna Prakash Gupta
11 Vivekananda and Secularism: A Nineteenth Century
Solution and a Twentieth Century Problem 
Ashis Nandy
12 Vivekananda and Secularism 
Nirmal Mukherjee
13 A Response 
Krishna Prakash Gupta
V FUNDAMENTALISM
14 Swami Vivekananda and the Challenge to Fundamentalism
Nemai Sadhan Bose
15 Swami Vivekananda 
Jyotirmaya Sharma
VI WOMAN
16 Spiritual Masculinity and Swami Vivekananda 
Indira Chowdhury
17 The Metaphysics of Ethical Love: Comparing Practical
Vedanta and Feminist Ethics 
Vrinda Dalmiya
VII SCIENCE
18 Yoga Sutra IV, 2-3 and Vivekananda's Interpretation
of Evolution 
D. H. Killingley
19 Swami Vivekananda's Use of Science as an Analogy for
the Attainment of Moksa 
Anantanand Rambachan
About the Editor and Contributors 

 

 

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