This volume has been designed to present a selection of discussions by contemporary Indian philosophers on problems of current philosophical concern. It has not aimed at providing accounts of any of the traditional systems of Indian thought. At the same time, unlike in the case of compiling volumes on contemporary philosophical thinking in other countries, an editor concerned with Indian philosophy is confronted by the fact that there is a tremendous corpus of classical writing that constitutes India's philosophical heritage and that many Indian philosophers today are occupied with its exegesis. The relation of the contemporary Indian philosopher of this heritage is something to which, say, the relation of an American thinker to the pragmatist movement, or of a British thinker to the empiricist tradition, or of a German thinker to Kant and Hegel, scarcely offers a parallel. The traditional way, in philosophy as in society itself, is still very much alive in India. For this reason some contributions have been included which reflect this tradition, a tradition which is eager to vindicate its relevance, indeed its modernity.
MARGARET CHM 'Min taught philosophy in Delhi University. Later she became a Professor of Comparative Religion at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, Visiting Professor at Drew University, and Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. As President of the International Society for Metaphysics she lectured and took part in philosophical conferences in many countries. She delivered the Teape Lectures in Cambridge University in 1984. Since 1992 she has been teaching philosophy at Westminster College, Oxford.
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