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Science, Spirituality and the Modernization of India

Edited by Makarand R. Paranjape, with a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Science, Spirituality and the Modernization of India

Explores the lively transaction between science and spirituality during the last 150 years in India.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781843317487
April 2009 | 296 Pages | 234 x 155mm / 9.2 x 6.1 | 20+ figures and charts
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About This Book

Spirituality played a key role in the construction of Indian modernity. While science has certainly been an agent of modernization in India and other non-Western countries, what makes Indian modernity somewhat special is that spiritual leaders have also been instrumental in the process. Moreover, leading Indian scientists and spiritualists have recognized the immense potential for dialogue between the two disciplines. Post-colonial India, with its ready access to a holistic spirituality and significant achievements in science and technology, is a fertile site for such a dialogue.

Each of the book’s four sections addresses specific themes: (1) The tension not just between science and spirituality, but also between the East and West; (2) how some key figures in India became carriers of modern consciousness, and explored the relationship between science and spirituality in the very process of trying to reform their society; (3) significant areas of research in which science and spirituality are both deeply implicated; and (4) the relationship of both scientific and spiritual practice with gender and social justice.

Readership: Academics and students studying the fields of modern Indian history, and those interested in the interplay between science and spirituality.

Author Information

Makarand R.  Paranjape, Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is the author of several collections of poetry, fiction and criticism. He has also edited more than a dozen books, including ‘The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader’ and ‘Dharma and Development’.

Table of Contents

Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama Editor’s Preface I. Science and Spirituality: East and West II. Coming to Terms with Science: Some Change Agents III. Building Bridges: Evolution, Consciousness and Healing IV. Science and Spirituality: Culture, Society and Gender