About the Book:
This book is a collection of eight papers on wittgenstein, worked out during the author's Senior Fellowship of ICPR.
These are devoted primarily to Wittgenstein's Egology, his Transcendentalism, his attack on Frazer, and finally his notion of a "World-Picture".
About the Author:
SURESH CHANDRA (October 1930) did M.A. from Lucknow University (1955) and Ph.D. from Visva-Bharati (1968). He taught at Lucknow University, Visva-Bharati (Santiniketan), Burdwan University of Hyderabad, He retired as a Professor from University of Hyderabad.
Dr. Chandra was a British Council Visitor to Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh (1972-73), Visiting Fellow at IIAS, Shimla (1974-77) and a Senior Fellow of ICPR (1992-94). He was also the National Annual Lecturer of ICPR (1995-96).
Dr. Chandra spoke on Identity at Copenhagen (1973), on the Neurs at Zegreb (1988), on Wittgenstein at Kirchberg (1988), on Social Science at Brighton (1988). Austrian Ludwing Wittgenstein Society invited him to Chair a section in the Kirchberg Symposium of 1989, where he presented a paper also on Wittgenstein's Egology, He spoke on Scepticism in the Olympic Village in 1994.
Dr. Chandra is the Author of Study in Ayer's Epistemology (1970), Identity and Thought Experiment (1977) and Philosophical Discussions (1979) and has published a number of papers in the Indian and the Western journals of Philosophy.
This is the collection of my papers on which I worked, in the
case of one paper re-worked, during the tenure of my Senior
Fellowship of ICPR from February 1992 to January 1994. Every
paper has a new theme to expose the ideas of Wittgenstein. All
these papers have been presented at least once, some of them
more than once, before the learned philosophers of India. The
first five papers listed were presented as National Lectures of
ICPR in the year 1995-96. But before that they were presented
at the Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University, and the
Department of Philosophy, Calicut University. Only when I became
confident about them that I submitted their collection to the
Office of the ICPR.
A question may be asked: what is new about the perspective
from which I have written on Wittgenstein? At least one thing
is new, that I am an Indian, born and brought up in the Vedantic
tradition, not the tradition that gave birth to Wittgenstein.
Since I became ICPR Senior Fellow in February 1992 I
wrote more on Wittgenstein than that which has been included
in this volume. Professor Daya Krishna has published in JICPR
three of my lengthy discussions on Wittgenstein. 'Seeing and
Seeing As: Pradhan and Panneerselvam' was published in Vol.
XII, No.3, May-August, 1995. 'Some Remarks on Wittgenstein
on Religious Belief and Superstition' was published in Vol. XIV,
No.3, May-August 1997. The third was the review of Ashok
Vohra's work, entitled 'Ashok Vohra on Wittgenstein's Philosophy
of Mind', published in Vol. XV, No. 2,January-April, 1998. Very
recently, only this year, Hyderabad Studies in Philosophy, No.
1 has published 'Attacking Modem Western Civilization: Mahatma
Gandhi and Ludwig Wittgenstein'. This volume has the title
'Philosophy of Wittgenstein' and was edited by Professor R.C.
Though the project was submitted soon after my ICPR
lectures in 1996, perhaps sometime in 1997, ICPR took a
considerably long time in deciding to publish it. However, the
volume is published now as it was submitted then. No new
published or unpublished paper has been added to it. So also
no substantial or non-substantial information has been added to
any of the papers. Only some changes have been made in this
Preface. These changes were required because of the delay in
its publication. I must thank the ICPR and its present Member-
Secretary, Professor R.C. Pradhan, for not persuading me to
revise what I wrote nearly half a decade ago. Once a revision
is made the originality of thought vanishes.
I would like to thank Dr. Raghu Ram Raju, who came to
my rescue for reading the proofs. (Editing completely bewildered
me. He struggled with the proofs one whole week.)
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