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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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K. C. Bhattacharyya, “The Concept of Philosophy” (1936)

K. C. Bhattacharyya, “The Concept of Philosophy” (1936)

(p.515) 4 K. C. Bhattacharyya, “The Concept of Philosophy” (1936)
Indian Philosophy in English

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Krishna Chandra Bhattacharyya’s 1936 essay, “The Concept of Philosophy,” in which he distinguishes different grades of theoretic consciousness and connects the hierarchy of cognitive attitudes to an account of the limits of language. Bhattacharyya is perhaps the best-known academic philosopher of the colonial period. He held the King George V Chair (now the B. N. Seal Chair) in Philosophy at the University of Calcutta and trained many of the eminent philosophers of the post-independence period. He is best known for his highly technical and even forbidding work on metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, and the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. In his essay, Bhattacharyya explores the concept of philosophy and offers his position regarding the possibility that philosophy is a body of knowledge distinct from science by stating where he differs from the Kantian view of the subject. He also considers metaphysics and what philosophy has to say about the object before concluding with an analysis of the philosophy of truth.

Keywords:   theoretic consciousness, Krishna Chandra Bhattacharyya, truth, language, Immanuel Kant, philosophy, science, metaphysics, object

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