Perspectives on Maharashtra: Cultural-Intellectual Contributions

Perspectives on Maharashtra: Cultural-Intellectual Contributions (Hardcover)

By Shubhada A Joshi , D P Chattopadhyaya 
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 8187586621
EAN: 9788187586623
No. of Pages: 683
Publish Date: 2013
Binding: Hardcover
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About the Book:

The volumes 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 primarily historical character, this Project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by 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. 

Maharashtra, as the present State, came into existence on 1 May 1960. This volume presents the story of glorious past, going back to nearly two thousand years, and the vibrant present. During the ancient period Maharashtra was ruled by important dynasties like the Mauryas, Satavahanas (when Indo-Roman trade flourished), Vakatakas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas (known for contributing to art and architecture), Kalachuris, Shilaharas and Yadavas. The medieval period witnessed the arrival of the Khiljis, other Muslims dynasties and the spread of Islam, the rise of Shivaji and his fight for Hinadavi Svaraja, and the rule of the Peshwas. It was the end of the rule of the Peshwas by the British and the arrival of other Europeans that heralds the ‘modern period’. The volume also covers in detail accounts of socio-religious activities and reforms, including movements for the emancipation of the ‘depressed’ classes and the Dalits, spearheaded by Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi. 

The volume is divided into six parts: I. Geography and History; II. Culture, Art and Architecture; III. Impact of other Languages on the Culture of Maharashtra; IV. Impact of other Religions on the Culture of Maharashtra; V. Education, Society, Language and Literature; VI. Philosophy. 

The various contributions in this volume by eminent scholars explore the interface of heterogeneous influences that have contributed to a unique synthesis of cultures that is the face of Maharashtra today.

About the Author:

D.P. CHATTOPADHYAYA, M.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (Calcutta and London School of Economics), D. Litt., (Honoris Causa), studied and researched on Law, philosophy and history and taught at various Universities in India, Asia, Europe and USA from 1954 to 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 ninety-six volume Project of History of  Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (PHISPC) and Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Civilizations (CSC). Among his 37 publications, authored 19 and edited and co-edited 18, are Individuals and Societies (1967); Individuals and Worlds (1976); Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988); Anthropology and Historiography of Science (1990); Induction, Probability and Skepticism (1991); Sociology, Ideology and Utopia (1997); Societies, Cultures and Ideologies (2000); Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, Society, Value and Civilizational Dialogue (2002); Philosophy of Science, Phenomenology and Other Essays (2003); Philosophical Consciousness and Scientific Knowledge: Conceptual Linkages and Civilizational Background (2004); Self, Society and Science: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives (2004); Religion, Philosophy and Science (2006); Aesthetic Theories and Forms in Indian Tradition (2008) and Love, Life and Death (2010). He has also held high public offices, namely, of Union Cabinet Minister and State Governor. He is a Life Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Member of the International Institute of Philosophy, Paris. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1998 and Padma vibhushan in 2009 by the Government of India.

SHUBHADA A. JOSHI, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Philosophy and Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai. Her field of specialization is Indian Philosophy and Ethics—Metaethics.

She has guided both Indian as well as foreign students for research. She has academic contacts with universities abroad as she participates in interfaith interreligious dialogues as well as intercultural dialogues. Her contributions towards these dialogues are also published.

She has participated in more than twenty international meets and events in India as well as abroad as an invited speaker and has presented numerous papers at national conferences and seminars in the area of human philosophy. Her published works include Lokayata—A Critical Study, Sri Aurobindo and Vedic Interpretations (co-ed), Buddhism in India and Abroad (co-ed), and J. Krishnamurti and Early Buddhism. She has contributed extensively to international conference and seminar proceedings besides regular contributions to national and international journals. She has also contributed to volumes published by Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi in the PHISPC series. She is co-editor of the PHISPC volume, Women in Ancient & Medieval India.

She has worked as member of the UGC Panel of Philosophy, Member of Research and Project Committee of ICPR, Chairman of the Research Ethical Committee of Hindustan Unilever, etc. She has also worked as a member of the Board of Studies for universities like Nagpur, Baroda, Goa, etc. She is Secretary-General of the Indian Philosophical Congress.

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Title: Perspectives on Maharashtra: Cultural-Intellectual Contributions
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd
Author: Shubhada A Joshi , D P Chattopadhyaya
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 8187586621
EAN: 9788187586623
No. of Pages: 683
Publish Date: 2013
Binding: Hardcover


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