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 Indias heritage and present them in an interrelated way. In spite of their unitary look, these volumes 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. The Project is marked by what may be called methodological pluralism. Inspite 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. Psychology and Psychoanalysis highlights the confluence of Indian and Western perspectives on the explorations of mental processes and behaviour. The volume is an authoritative source on the history and current standing of the new synthesis of idea that is emerging under the concept of Indian Psychology in the beginning of the 21st century. It shows how a traditionally occidental scientific disciplinepsychologycan benefit from the rich culturalhistorical traditions of all the different social practices and beliefs that have been present in the cultures of the Indian subcontinent for centuries. While occidental psychology has usually overlooked the contributions from outside the EuroAmerican axis of social power relations, it cannot do that anymore. Psychology in the Occident has been in a conceptual crisis ever since its beginning, and overcoming that crisis requires constructive innovation from other cultural traditions. The volume attends to some of the major issues central to the contemporary psychological scholarship. It offers perspectives on psychological phenomena and processes and situates them in the Indian context. In particular it brings to the center stage the issues that emanate from the interface of culture and psyche. In this process the volume offers a survey in some of the major domains of psychology to articulate disciplinary developments. The volume provides focused discussions on issue in each of these areas as well as on the emergent concerns. Contributed by leading psychologists in respective fields every chapter in the volume draws upon a theme of disciplinary and cultural significance to offer critical insights. The chapters are devoted to probing psychological themes in the tradition of culturally sensitive human science. In this way the volume fosters the connections between the scientific spirit and cultural intelligibilities. It offers analysis of the shifts and transformations in the discipline and documents scholarship that acknowledges the contributions from indigenous knowledge systems as well as contemporary developments in major subfields. Comprehensive and wideranging in scope the volume brings together current perspectives on the manner in which the various facets of human mind, behaviour and experience. It attempts at articulation and integration of Indian thought traditions and modern psychology by engaging in dialogue. By presenting authoritative and exhaustive analyses of substantive processes, debates, and phenomena relating to consciousness, self, identity, emotion, group behaviour, intergroup relations, justice, organization, values, gender, violence, well being and psychological knowledge. Taken together the volume reflects the diversity of research interests and critically evaluates the way psychology has responded to the sociocultural reality by psychologists and psychoanalysts.
About The Author :
D.P. CHATTOPADHYAYA, M.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (Calcutta and London School of Economics), D. Litt. (Honoris Causa), studied, researched on law, philosophy and history and taught at various Universities in India, Asia, Europe and USA from 1954 to 1994. FounderChairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (19811990) and PresidentcumChairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (19841991), Chattopadhyaya is currently the Project Director of the multidisciplinary ninetysix 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 coedited 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.
GIRISHWAR MISRA is currently Professor of Psychology and Dean Research (Humanities & Social Sciences) at University of Delhi, Delhi. He was Chairman of Psychology Department and Dean Faculty of Arts at Delhi University. He was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Swarthmore College and Unversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been ESRC fellow at Sussex University and Visiting Professor at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. He has worked in the areas of poverty, cognitive development, self, emotions, creativity, cultural psychology, and wellbeing. Apart from articles in scientific journals he has authored or edited many books including Applied Social Psychology in India; New Directions in Indian Psychology (with Dalal); Psychology and Societal Development: Paradigmatic Challenges and Social Concerns, Perspectives on Indigenous Psychology (with Mohanty); Rethinking Intelligence: Culture and Conceptualization of Competence (with Srivastava) and four volumes of Psychology in India: Advances in Research, Handbook of Psychology in India. He is recipient of Radhakrishnan Award, Doctor Hari Singh Gaur Award and IndoShastri Canadian Institute Research Partnership Award, University Grants Commission, New Delhi Research Award and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. He has been President of the National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) India and National Fellow of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). He was a keynote speaker at the International Congress of Psychology held in Berlin in 2008 and at Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. He was FullbrightNehru Lecturer at New School of Social Research, New School of Social Research, New York in 2012. He was EditorinChief of the Fifth Survey of Psychological Research in India, sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He is editor of Psychological Studies (Springer). He is also editing the Sixth ICSSR Survey of Psychological Research.