Being Different
An Indian Challenge To Western Universalism
(Paperback)

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'Rajiv Malhotra's insistence on preserving difference with mutual respect - not with mere "tolerance" - is even more pertinent today because the notion of a single universalism is being propounded. There can be no single universalism, even if it assimilates or, in the author's words, "digests", elements from other civilizations' - Kapila Vatsyayan In Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, thinker and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra addresses the challenge of a direct and honest engagement on differences, by reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the observed to the observer and looking at the West from the dharmic point of view. In doing so, he challenges many hitherto unexamined beliefs that both sides hold about themselves and each other. He highlights that while unique historical revelations are the basis for Western religions, dharma emphasizes self-realization in the body here and now. He also points out the integral unity that underpins dharma's metaphysics and contrasts this with Western thought and history as a synthetic unity. Erudite and engaging, Being Different critiques fashionable reductive translations and analyses the West's anxiety over difference and fixation for order which contrast the creative role of chaos in dharma. It concludes with a rebuttal of Western claims of universalism, while recommending a multi-civilizational worldview.

AuthorRajiv Malhotra
BindingPaperback
EAN9789351160502
Edition2013
ISBN9351160505
Height875 mm
Length575 mm
Width150 mm
Weight88 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages488
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2013-05-30
PublisherHarpercollins
StudioHarpercollins
Sales Rank4610

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