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Facets of Humanism

by: S.C. Panigrahi

This book focuses on the proper analysis and understanding of ‘humanism’ and its implications on, and applicability to, the present social scenario. It discusses suitable models of humanism for effective social structuring.

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ISBN: 9788186921036
Year Of Publication: 1999
Edition: 1st
Pages : viii, 190
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400

Overview

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.

Contents

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

Meet the Author
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S.C. Panigrahi, editor of this volume, has been teaching in Utkal University for over 15 years. Dr. Panigrahi, a specialist in Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Political Philosophy, has published two books and several articles.
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