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Indian Philosophy in EnglishFrom Renaissance to Independence$
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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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The Plato of Allahabad

The Plato of Allahabad

A. C. Mukerji’s Contributions to Indian and to World Philosophy*

(p.455) 1 The Plato of Allahabad
Indian Philosophy in English

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Anukul Chandra Mukerji’s contributions to both Indian and world philosophy. It first considers Daya Krishna’s claim that there was no Indian philosophy in Anglophone universities during the British Raj before turning to Mukerji’s argument that Indian philosophy under the Raj was treated with scorn and contempt. In Indian art and aesthetics, a curious dilemma between authenticity and creativity frames the evaluation of art during the colonial period. Nonetheless, Indian colonial art has subsequently been reassessed and this false dichotomy put aside. However, while that same dilemma structures the reception of Indian philosophy during that period, it has not yet been set aside in this domain. The chapter presents a case study of the work of Mukerji, with particular emphasis on his philosophical views on subjects such as idealism and realism.

Keywords:   world philosophy, Anukul Chandra Mukerji, Daya Krishna, Indian philosophy, British Raj, Indian art, aesthetics, creativity, idealism, realism

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