Philosophy of Science Phenomenology and Other Essays

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Item Code: IDE975
Author: D.P. Chattopadhyaya
Publisher: Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR)
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 8185636699
Pages: 630
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.7" X 6.3"
Weight 1.22 kg
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From the Jacket :

Some very fundamental issues of science and philosophy have been dealt with in this book. Knowledge, consciousness, freedom, action, being and becoming are among those issues. Though analytic tools have often been used to explicate the said concepts, the approach of this book does not aim to be analytic in its narrow sense.

In most of the essays of the book Chattopadhyaya has liberally drawn on science and philosophy, Indian and modern traditions, classical and contemporary writers. Phenomenology and consciousness studies have received special attention of the author in this work. The author has not allowed some such received points of view as realism and idealism, transcendentalism and empiricism marked by their attending variety and indefiniteness, to restrict his was of exploration and explication of the basic concepts of philosophy of science and their manysidedness. Because of the wide range of the themes of the book and their transdisciplinary character it will be of interest not only to professional philosophers and philosophers of science but also to social scientists and general readers.

About the Author:

D.P. Chattopadhyaya M.A. LL.B., Ph.D. (Calcutta and London Schools of Economics), D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), researched, studied and taught at various universities in India, Asia, Europe and USA from 1954-1994. Founder-Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (1981-1990) and President-cum-Chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1984-1991), Chattopadhyaya is currently the Project-Director of the multidisciplinary 77-Vol. Project of HIstory of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilizations [PHISPC] and Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Civilizations [CSC].

Among his notable publications are Individuals and Societies (1967), Individuals and World (1976), Form, Aesthetic Feeling and the Beautiful (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), Societies, Culture and Ideologies (2000) and Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, Society, Value and Civilizational Dialogue (2002). His latest publication is Anveshan (a collection of poems in Bengali 2003).

CONTENTS

Provenance of the Essays and Acknowledgementvii
Introduction

xi
I. SCIENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Chapter 1.Consciousness and Scientific Knowledge3
Chapter 2.From Hume and Kant to Popper23
Chapter 3.Kant on Categories: Forward and Backward41
Chapter 4.Categorial Framework: Some Problems57
Chapter 5.How Not to Conflate Understanding with Scientific Knowledge

89
II. ASPECTS OF KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 6.Two Perspectives of What Knwoledge is99
Chapter 7.One, Two and Many: Many Perspectives107
Chapter 8.Relativism as Self-Recognized limits of Expanding Human Consciousness135
Chapter 9.Scepticism Revisited: Nagarjuna and Nyaya Via Matilal163
Chapter 10.Some Ways of Getting Rid of Scepticism

183
III. PHENOMENOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE AND FREEDOM
Chapter 11.Rationality: Transparent, Cultural and Transcendental213
Chapter 12.One the Possibility Transcendental Philosophy: Some Constructions and Questions239
Chapter 13.Subjectivity: Intersubjectivity and Transcendental Subjectivity267
Chapter 14.Transparent, Transformed and Transcendental287
Chapter 15.The Concept of Freedom and Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya

355
IV. ON BEING AND BECOMING
Chapter 16.Plato, Neoplatonism and their Indian Parallels395
Chapter 17.Form, Flux and Life

409
V. CAUSATION AND FREEDOM OF ACTION
Chapter 18.Towards A Philosophical Theory of Action431
Chapter 19.Reflections on Daya Krishna's concept of Action

465
VI. SOME IDEAS OF SRI AUROBINDO
Chapter 20.Sri Aurobindo on the Curve of Polity487
Chapter 21.Integral Monism (Purnadvaitavada) of Sri Aurobindo

519
Index537

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