Course Title: 
Contemporary Indian Thought
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Year Taught: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences

'Contemporary Indian Thought' is an elective course offered for M.A. Philosophy offered by Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Unit I

Context of Modern Indian Thought

Swami Vivekananda: Man, Universal Religion and Practical Vedanta.

Sri. Aurobindo: Reality as “Sat-Cit-Ananda”, Three Phases of Reality-evolution, Mind and Supermind, Integral Yoga.


Unit II

Concept of Swaraj

  1. G. Tilak: Interpretation of the Gita.

Rabindranath Tagore: Man and God, Religion of Man.

  1. K. Gandhi: Truth, Non-Violence, Critique of Modern Civilisation.

Unit III

Rajaram Mohan Roy

Mohammed Iqbal: Intellect and Intuition, Self and Perfect man.

  1. C. Bhattacharyya: Concept of Philosophy, Subject as Freedom, The Absolute and its Alternative Forms and Interpretation of Maya.

Unit IV

  1. Radhakrishnan: God and the Absolute, Intellect and Intuition and The Idealist View of Life.
  2. Krishnamurti: The Self, Freedom from the Known and Inner Revolution.

Unit V

  1. R. Ambedkar: Critique of Social Evils and Neo-Buddhism.


  1. T. M. P. Mahadevan& C. V. Saroja. Contemporary Indian Philosophy. Madras: 1985. English.
  2. Basant Kumar Lal. Contemporary Indian Philosoph. Delhi: MotilalBanarsidass, 1999. English.
  3. Benay Gopal Ray. Contemporary Indian Philosophers. Allahabad: 1957. English.
  4. V. S. Naravane. Modern Indian Thought. Bombay: Asia Publishing House, 1964. English.
  5. Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta. Calcutta: AdvaitaAshrama, 1964. English.
  6. Sri. Aurobindo. Integral Yoga. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, 1972. English.
  7. R. Tagore: Religion of Man, London, 1961.
  8. K. C. Bhattacharyya: Studies in Philosophy, Delhi, 1983.
  9. Prabhu: The Mind of the Mahatma,
  10. J. Krishnamurti: Freedom from the Known, San Francisco, 1997.
  11. B. R. Ambedkar: Writings and Speeches, Maharashtra, 1979.