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Hegel's India: A Reinterpretation, with Texts

Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra


In his writings on India, Hegel characterized Indian thought as “fantastic,” “subjective,” “wild,” “dreamy,” “frenzied,” “absurd,” and “repetitive.” If Indian art, religion, and philosophy were so inadequate, what explains his lifelong fascination with India? This unique volume brings together Hegel’s reflections and argues that Indian thought haunted him, representing a nemesis to his own philosophy. Further, it indicates that the longstanding critical appraisals of Hegel are incommensurate with his detailed explorations of Indian thought. Hegel distinguished his own thought on two grounds. T ... More

Keywords: Hegel texts, Indian art, religion, history and philosophy, subjective vs. objective, abstract vs. concrete, Absolute, freedom and Spirit, mediation and sublation, Romanticism, evil twin, Indology, nineteenth-century European philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199468270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aakash Singh Rathore, author
visiting faculty, Centre for Law and Governance, JNU, Delhi

Rimina Mohapatra, author
Publishing Manager, Routledge India, Taylor & Francis Group, New Delhi