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India and the Unthinkable: Backwaters Collective on Metaphysics and Politics

Vinay Lal and Roby Rajan


A remarkable but little commented on feature of the various discourses on ‘India’ circulating today is the near total absence of its metaphysical heritage as a source of illumination into our contemporary condition. On the few occasions that this heritage is explicitly invoked, it is either as a subsidiary aspect of some purportedly ‘larger’ concept such as ‘religion’, ‘civilization’, ‘history’, ‘tradition’, and so on, or as a set of quaint speculations fit for study as a tertiary branch of the history of philosophy or religion, but with little claim to political relevance. But is this neglect ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, politics, philosophy, religion, heritage, nation state, future, knowledge, self

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199466863
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vinay Lal, editor
Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Roby Rajan, editor
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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