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Benulal Dhar

Nationality: Indian

Gender: male

Date Of Brith: 01/07/1061

Present Position: Assistant Professor

Awards Received:

Received DAAD fellowship under Indo-German cultural Exchange Programme and studied sometime at Tübingen University, Germany.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor B.A. (Hons) Philosophy Calcutta University 1984
Master M.A. in Philosophy North Bengal University 1986
Ph.D Moral Values and Inter Subjectivity: A Phenomenological Understanding North Bengal University 1996


Position(s) Held:

Associate Professor in Philosophy at Sukanta Mahavidyalaya, P.O. Dhupguri - 735 210 Distt. Jalpaiguri (W.B.) 18/03/1991 till Date


About the Author

Benulal Dhar is a senior faculty and teaches philosophy at Sukanta Mahavidyalaya (University of North Bengal), West Bengal, India. He works in the area of philosophy of human rights and phenomenological ethics. He was a recipient of DAAD fellowship under Indo-German Cultural Exchange Programme and studied philosophy sometime at Tübingen University, Germany. He is the author of Phenomenological Ethics (2008), The Central Themes of Material Ethics: Values, Experience, and Person (2011) and a number of research papers published in reputed academic journals.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Phenomenological Ethics Rawat Publlications Jaipur 2008
2 The Central Themes of Material Ethics: Values, Experiences, and Person Agenda Verlag, Monster Germany 2011


Details of Articles

1. “Kant’s Nation of Person: Scholer’s Phenomenogical Critique,” Philosophy and Life-World, vol. 14, 2011-12.
2. “Swami Vivekananda and Human Dignity”, Prabuddha Bharata, vol. 115, No. 12, 2010.
3. “Nicolen Hartmann’s Critique of Kant’s Ethical Framework: Some Implications”, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 34, No. 2, 2007.
4. “The Kantian Notion of A Priori: Schller’s Phenomenological Critique:, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 34, No. 1, 2007.
5. Moore’s Theory of Goodness and the Phenomenological Theories of Values: An Interface”, Indian Philosophical Quartely, vol. XXVIII, No. 2, 2001.
6. “Values in Nicolai Hartmann’s Value - Ethics”, The Journal of the Indian Academy of Philocophy, vol. XL, No. 1&2, 2001.
7. “The Phenomenology of Value Experience: Some Reflections on Scholar and Hartmann”, Indian Philocophical Quarterly, vol. XVIII, 1999.
8. Book Review
Ranjan K. Ghosh: Great Indian Thinker on Art, Sandeep Prakashan, Delhi 2006, Published in Philosophical Papers, vol. VIII, 2011.
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The Philosophical Understanding of Human Rights

Human rights is a topic that gets vividly and seriously debated at varied platforms, globally. The concept of human rights has a rich philosophical and theoretical tradition, and its philosophical dimension deserves proper attention. Having given an account of the origins and historical development of the idea of human rights, the book investigates the doctrine of natural rights and its critiques, and assesses the world-view that has affected its formulations.
The work also presents a clear exposition of some contemporary philosophical theories of rights developed independently of the natural rights paradigm and discusses the theories wherein the conception of rights is found to be compatible with utilitarianism. And, finally, while briefly arguing for discursive understanding of human rights based on the diversity of morals that is embedded in different cultural traditions of the world and for reconstruction of the conception of human rights in more inclusive and cross-cultural terms, the author analyses the conception of human dignity from the Vedantic perspective as a case study, which is regarded as an important underlying principle of human rights.
The volume is intended to introduce students and practitioners of human rights, and general readers to the philosophy of human rights.