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Unitive Philosophy

Nataraja Guru single-handedly revolutionized philosophical thought in the mid-twentieth century. At a time when science had unwittingly followed Marxism into a materialist desert, he never relinquished his insight into what had....read below

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Nataraja Guru single-handedly revolutionized philosophical thought in the mid-twentieth century. At a time when science had unwittingly followed Marxism into a materialist desert, he never relinquished his insight into what had been omitted. Now that scientists and philosophers everywhere are pausing in perplexity, having bumped up against the limits of their partial outlook, the Guru's works offer to reintroduce the wisdom that can bring the desert back to life.

Stung by the horrors of the Inquisition, western science turned its back on metaphysics for hundreds of years. The extended effort to include as much as possible of the universe under the aegis of physical reality was an interesting experiment, but it has about played itself out. Ideas, memories, emotions and time, among other major categories, are metaphysical entities that have transcended every effort at being reduced to material existence. Matter itself is seen to be brimming with energy as soon as you look beneath the surface.

A counterbalancing backlash has occurred recently in which religious and other metaphysical ideas, no matter how divorced from reality, are being embraced as a welcome escape from uncompromising materialism.

For a sensible philosophy free of prejudice, which can open the road to further progress in human thought, a balance must be struck between physics and metaphysics. Each must support and verify the other. Nataraja Guru clearly establishes the basis for such an advance in this work, presenting an overarching scheme to integrate all aspects of reality under one roof.

Any meaningful philosophy must have some version of an absolute idea or value implicit in it. After presenting his own absolute system Nataraja Guru investigates several prominent strains of philosophy, including the rationalist and the materialist, to identify the absolute element hidden within each of them. Totalitarianism and absolutism are shown to be totally antithetical, the former being highly exclusionary while the latter embraces every possibility.

Dialectic thinking is at the heart of the Guru's philosophy, leading to an absolute vision that incorporates all parts within the whole. For the serious thinker unsatisfied by modern pop philosophy, Unitive Philosophy is a uniquely rewarding book that will open up vast uncharted regions for exploration.

  • Foreword By : Swami Muni Narayana Prasad
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124603390
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124603391
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2005
  • Pages : xiv, 472 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Appendix; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 850 gm

Part - I
Vedanta Revalued and Restated

Introduction  
1. The Background, Origin and a New Approach
2. The Three Categories of Reality
3. The Problem of Transition from Existence to Subsistence
4. The Absolute as Word-Value Significance
5. Semantic Polyvalence of Vedantic Thought
6. Two Certitudes for the Same Truth
7. The Integrated Knowledge Situation of Vedanta
8. The Double Domain of the Word
9. Varieties of Vedantism
10. Favourite Examples in Vedanta
11. Schematic Proto-linguism in Vedanta
12. A Summarized Running Review

Part - II
The Philosophy of a Guru

Introduction
1. Structural Key to Guru philosophy
2. The Element of Wonder
3. Transcending Paradox
4. Horizontal and Vertical Value Worlds
5. The Self and Non-Self in Spiritual Progress
6. The Universe of Contemplative Discourse
7. The Methodology and Epistemology in Guru philosophy
8. Protolinguistic Imagery
9. Ethics, Aesthetics and Religion in Guru philosophy
10. Guru philosophy Summarized
Appendix

Part - III
The Search for a Norm in Western Thought

Introduction
1. Some Background Aspects
2. The Characteristics of Modern Philosophy
3. The Lengthening Shadow of Scepticism
4. The Absolute as the Normative Reference for Philosophy
5. A Normative Methodology for all Philosophy
6. The Search for the Absolute
7. The Absolute Implied in Empiricism
8. The Absolute as Implied in Rationalism
9. The Absolute from Kant to Eddington
10. Bergsonian schema and the Absolute
11. Summarized Elements of the Absolute Norm

Index

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