The Volume of the Project on the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization aim at discovering the main aspects of India's heritage and present them in an interrelated way. These volumes, in spite of their unitary look, recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The Project is not being executed by a single group of thinkers and writers who are methodologically uniform or ideologically identical in their commitments. In fact contributions are made by different scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches. The Project is marked by what may be called 'methodological pluralism'.
In spite of its primary historical character, this Project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by many scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India.
The spectrum of this Volume encompasses the substantive dimensions of Vedic medicine; Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems; a comparative overview of them; yoga; folk-medicine; Indian medicine in the colonial period; an appraisal of Indian pharmaceuticals; traditional knowledge of plants and animals, besides an introductory perspective on traditional medicine.
In its twenty-two chapters contributed by experts in their fields, this Volume endeavours to present authentic and critical insight into the nature and structure as well as the expanse of medicine in India. It has an extensive bibliography of over eight hundred titles, both primary and secondary, for further studies by those who are interested in Indian medicine.
This Volume is perhaps the first of its type in providing under one cover practically a complete picture of medicine as developed in India right from the Vedic times.
About the Author:
D.P. Chattopadhyaya, after obtaining his Ph.D. degrees from Calcutta University and London School of Economics, taught philosophy at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He is the founder Chairman of India Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Center for Studies in Civilizations, and General Editor of this Project.
Chattopadhyaya is one of the propounders of interdisciplinary studies in the country with his wide knowledge on philosophy, political theory, economics, history and science. His publications include Individuals and Societies: A Methodological Inquiry (1967); History, Individuals and World (1976); Rupa, Rasa O Sundara (in Bengali, 1980); Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988); Anthropology and Historiography of Science (1990); Induction, Probability and Skepticism (1991); Sociology, Ideology and Utopia (1997).
B.V. Subbarayappa (b. 1925) is Honorary Directory of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the Indian Institute of World Culture, and Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Banglore. He was formerly Executive Secretary of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; Project Co-ordinator and Member Secretary of the National Commission for the History of Science in India; Director, Discovery of Indian Project, Nehru Centre, Bombay.
He is the author and editor of several books on history of science in India and has published about a hundred papers on this subject in national and international journals and other publications. He was the President of the Science Division of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, related to UNESCO (1998-2001). He is also an elected Member of the International Academy of History of Science, Paris and recipient of Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bologna, Italy.
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