This collection of recent lectures and writings of eminent philosopher, J.N. Mohanty, discusses the interpretive nature of consciousness. Spanning a wide range of subjects-philosophical themes to contemporary issues like secularism-it encourages the readers to develop their thoughts. The lectures reveal Mohanty’s unique persuasion skills and rare ability to integrate both Indian and Western philosophical traditions. A mature thinker, he brilliantly bridges the gap between realism and idealism.
The introduction by Tara Chatterjea locates Mohanty’s work in the wider context of philosophical discourses in India and the West. The volume analyses the concept of consciousness as an event in time. It examines the temporality and historicity of consciousness through an inquiry into the nature and concept(s) of time. Mohanty applies his basic philosophical orientations to concepts picked up from various walks of life-from religion to quantum physics, from interpretation of perception to sacred Indian texts. He also traces the history of the word ‘secular’ and explores the linkages between science and poetry in the contemporary world.
About the Author:
J.N. Mohanty Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia. He also served as President of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Indian Philosophical Congress. A life member of the Indian Academy of Philosophy, he is also the recipient of the Humboldt Prize from the German government.