"Indian Humanism in an Intercultural Perspective"

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Umesh Chattopadhyaya

(University of Allahabad, India)

"Indian Humanism in an Intercultural Perspective"


Paper presented at:

Intercultural Humanism: Challenges, Experiences, Visions, Strategies

10-11 September 2010, Christ Church College, Oxford


Convened by The Berendel Foundation in association with the Modern European History Research Centre, University of Oxford


Abstract:  To situate India in the overall European humanism movement, it is necessary to present a critique of the latter. This will also help in understanding the periodic failures of conventional humanism and appreciating the present call for intercultural orientation in the alternative New Humanism project seeking points of convergence amidst cultural differences. This paper begins with taking a critical look at traditional Western metaphysics and the developments of Western historical consciousness as well as the science and technology that transformed Europe, and compares them to those in other cultural zones, in particular the Indian sub-continent. The paper then continues to elaborate on several possible ways of redesigning the present world system and discuss how intercultural humanism, with an open-ended scientific orientation, can bring about the much needed paradigm shift in human sciences.


Short Bio: Umesh Chattopadhyaya is a Professor at University of Allahabad’s Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology in Allahabad, India. Specialising in history, new humanism, post-modernism, and quantum mechanics, Chattopadhyaya has published widely in English and German and is currently in the process of publishing his Indian Humanism: A Source Book.



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