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Debates in Indian PhilosophyClassical, Colonial, and Contemporary$
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A. Raghuramaraju

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195693027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693027.001.0001

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(p.117) Conclusion
Debates in Indian Philosophy

A. Raghuramaraju

Oxford University Press

This chapter concludes with a look at the complexity of contemporary Indian philosophy and the nature of the postcolonial self. It also makes some clarifications regarding the terrain of contemporary Indian philosophy. It is a strange mixture of both contemporary Western philosophy and classical Indian philosophy, and it may be necessary to evaluate this strange combination. It is argued that both classical Western and classical Indian philosophies are context-sensitive. There are certain serious logical differences between monism and non-dualism. In addition, their positive association is only the result of negative relation, that is, both non-dualism and monism fall outside dualism. Making an attempt to produce an active contemporary Indian philosophy might make philosophical activity in India today sensitive to the contemporary processes, and assign to it new notions of both autonomy and responsibility, though not necessarily social responsibility.

Keywords:   contemporary Indian philosophy, Western philosophy, philosophical systems, classical Indian philosophy, monism, non-dualism

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