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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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G. R. Malkani, “Philosophical Truth” (1949)

G. R. Malkani, “Philosophical Truth” (1949)

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Indian Philosophy in English

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents G. R. Malkani's 1949 essay, “Philosophical Truth,” in which he tackles the nature of philosophical questions and the role of philosophy vis á vis science, religion, and human affairs. Malkani was longtime director of the Indian Institute of Philosophy at Amalner and was editor of the Philosophical Quarterly. He was influential both in his role as a convenor of all-India philosophical conferences at Amalner and in his role as editor of the then premier Indian philosophical journal. Malkani studied at the University of Bombay and began his career at Almaner. He was a noted Vedānta scholar who drew on Hegelian insights to expound and to defend Advaita. In his essay, Malkani first explores the question of whether Indian philosophy is stagnant and unprogressive before making his claim that a philosopher should be able to distinguish eternal truth from truth that is temporal, and that a philosophical question, if it is a legitimate one, must be capable of offering a complete solution. He also explores the concept of philosophical truth as well as the theory of truth to which Logical Positivism is driven by its own logic.

Keywords:   philosophical questions, science, religion, human affairs, Indian philosophy, philosophical truth, Logical Positivism, G. R. Malkani

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