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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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Hiralal Haldar, “Realistic Idealism” (1930)

Hiralal Haldar, “Realistic Idealism” (1930)

(p.499) 3 Hiralal Haldar, “Realistic Idealism” (1930)
Indian Philosophy in English

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Hiralal Haldar’s 1930 essay, “Realistic Idealism,” which offers a glimpse into the philosophical education and development of early Indian philosophical scholars and their relationship to their missionary teachers. Haldar was largely responsible for the popularization of British neo-Hegelianism in India. He studied at Calcutta University, where he later assumed his chair as Professor of Philosophy. Haldar’s Neo-Hegelianism (1927) is the most extended study of the neo-Hegelian movement in English, discussing the work of thinkers such as A. C. Bradley, E. Caird, T. H. Greene, J. Stirling, and J. McTaggart. In his essay, Haldar contrasts realism and idealism and argues that they are not inconsistent with one another. He also explains his notion of the mind in which the universe finds its truth and explanation.

Keywords:   mind, Hiralal Haldar, neo-Hegelianism, India, realism, idealism, universe, philosophy

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