ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Piecing Together Forgotten Thoughts

Philosophy in Colonial India edited by Sharad Deshpande, Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, New Delhi: Springer, 2015; pp 272, price not mentioned.

This anthology, made up of 13 essays, seeks to contextualise 19th century philosophical writings, especially those by the first generation academic philosophers such as Rasvihary Das, Brajendra Nath Seal, Hiralal Haldar, G R Malkani, K C Bhattacharyya, G N Mathrani and S R Rajwade, besides Rabindranath Tagore and Bankimchandra, two non-academic personages.

This excellent collection of well-researched essays probes into the philosophical issues that engaged the thinkers, the culturally contingent normative pressures on their reflections and the inescapable influence of the British colonialism on them. Each essay contributes to the complicated exercise of tracing the evolution of modern Indian philosophical knowledge through reflections on Western philosophy, reactions against British colonialism and responses to European allegations against the traditional world view.

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