India's Intellectual Traditions. Attempts at Conceptual Reconstructions

Edited by Daya Krishna.

New Delhi: Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 2003 [1987].

Summary: India is known for its sustained seeking and achievements in the realms of the spirit and arts over millennia. But, its intellectual enterprise in various fields of knowledge spread over more than 2600 years is almost terra incognita not only to scholars in the West, but also to those who work in these fields in India. This book is an invitation to scholars to look at the hard-core intellectual enterprise of India and to discover its rich potentials for further growth and development and to provide cognitive alternatives to current models in these fields. An attempt to explore the perspective in which indigenization in the social sciences and the humanities may possibly be carried on by Indian scholars in the future.

The work attempts to articulate conceptual structures in these domains on the basis of the foundational texts relating to them, and to make them available to the modern scholar so that he may use them creatively for his own purposes. It also attempts to present an overview of India's whole intellectual tradition in a nut-shell, something that has not been done before and, by doing so, challenges others to build their own picture of India's intellectual past so that its alternative visions may be available to those who try to think about such things in future.