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Facets of Humanism

When the humanistic world view had its beginning in Protagoras's declaration that man is the measure of things, it was very soon condemned as a subjective, individualistic doctrine -- without being understood. Yet, since the importance of humanism in the making of a meaningful, value-based society can never be overlooked, humanistic ideals kept trickling in over the years in both Western and Indian philosophical speculations; and it came to be increasingly realised that nothing unhuman can be of interest to man and nothing human can be alien to human thinking. However, 'humanism' now-a-days has become somewhat of a cliche, so much so that almost everybody engaged in some sort of intellectual exercise claims to be a humanist. What is required, therefore, is proper analysis and understanding of 'humanism' and its implications on, and applicability to, the present social scenario.

With this objective, this book has focussed on the various aspects of humanism and the authors have attempted to carve out suitable models thereof for effective social structuring and nation building. Readers will benefit by the indepth analyses of the concept in its multifarious dimensions and its application to various aspects of intellectual discourse.

Facets of Humanism will be of immense use to students and researchers in philosophy and the social sciences.

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When the humanistic world view had its beginning in Protagoras's declaration that man is the measure of things, it was very soon condemned as a subjective, individualistic doctrine -- without being understood. Yet, since the importance of humanism in the making of a meaningful, value-based society can never be overlooked, humanistic ideals kept trickling in over the years in both Western and Indian philosophical speculations; and it came to be increasingly realised that nothing unhuman can be of interest to man and nothing human can be alien to human thinking. However, 'humanism' now-a-days has become somewhat of a cliche, so much so that almost everybody engaged in some sort of intellectual exercise claims to be a humanist. What is required, therefore, is proper analysis and understanding of 'humanism' and its implications on, and applicability to, the present social scenario.

With this objective, this book has focussed on the various aspects of humanism and the authors have attempted to carve out suitable models thereof for effective social structuring and nation building. Readers will benefit by the indepth analyses of the concept in its multifarious dimensions and its application to various aspects of intellectual discourse.

Facets of Humanism will be of immense use to students and researchers in philosophy and the social sciences.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921036
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921036
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 1999
  • Pages : viii, 190 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 400

Preface

Part I
The Concept
Editorial Introduction

Humanism, Scientism and Religion

-- Sarat Chandra Panigrahi

Humanism in Indian Thought

-- Ashok Vohra

The Human Point of View

-- Bijoy H. Boruah

Human Beings as Autonomous Persons : On Legitimising the Humanistic World-view

-- Ramesh Chandra Pradhan

Humanism : Philosophy of the Post-Modern Man

-- Ganesh Prasad  Das

Beyond Humanism

-- Aditya Kumar Mohanty

Humanism and the Concept of Person

-- Rajshri K. Jobanputra

A Vedantic Model of Spiritual Humanism

-- Subhash E. Bhelkey

What is the Language of Humanism?

-- Priyadarshi Patnaik

Part II
Applications

Heidegger, Humanism and the Crisis of Applied Philosophies

-- Ravi Raj Singh

Tyranny in Disguise : Expert Knowledge and Human Interest

-- Mahasweta Chaudhury

Humanism in a Developing Society : From Two Cheers to Three Cheers?

-- Vinay Hardikar

Humanism in a Developing Society : With Special Reference to Scientific Humanism

-- Tandra Patnaik

Humanism and Phenomenology of Crisis

-- Sharad Deshpande

Spiritual Humanism in the Bhagavad Gita

-- Narayana Chandra Padhi

Can Modern Society by Humanistic?

-- P.R. Bhat

Humanism as Philosophical Anthropology

-- Manjulika Ghosh

Is Humanism Sufficient to Explain Religion?

-- A. Ramamutry

Humanism and Literature : Humanistic Standards in Literary Criticism

-- Meera Panigrahi

The Contributors

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