Sri Aurobindo wrote extensively on political, social and cultural theory. His contributions to these fields are not always given the attention they deserve by contemporary thinkers. There are two main reasons for this. First, his political, social and cultural writings are scattered through six or seven volumes of his complete works. Secondly, the political and cultural worlds have changed greatly since he wrote.
The editor of this anthology overcomes the first problem by selecting representative passages from the entire body of Sri Aurobindo's works. He deals with the second by providing historical background, and by relating Sri Aurobindo's ideas to those of modern thinkers.