Mind, Soul and Consciousness: Religion, Science and the Psy-Disciplines in Modern South Asia (With a Foreword by J.N. Mohanty)

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Soumen Mukherjee, Christopher Harding

Published March 19, 2019
Reference - 130 Pages
ISBN 9780367218485 - CAT# 303702
Series: Routledge South Asian History and Culture Series

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This comprehensive volume explores histories and modern reworkings of the ideas of mind, soul and consciousness in South Asia.

It focuses on the burgeoning ‘psy-disciplines’ – psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy – and their links with religion, science, philosophy, and modern notions of the mystical and spiritual, not just in South Asia, but around the world. The authors explore the global flows of ideas that gathered pace during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including: the idea(s) of self within ‘Hindu modernities’; the history of relativity of consciousness in Jaina epistemology; Jungian critiques of Cartesian rationalism; Islamic reform vis-à-vis Sufi mysticism; and the re-examination and invocations of key strands of the fields of ‘Indian philosophy’ and the ‘psy-disciplines’ in modern India. Together these chapters stoke a critical engagement with existing conceptual boundaries and categories of mind, soul, consciousness, and body-mind relationship in modern Asian and European spiritual and intellectual traditions.

This book will interest scholars and students of cross-cultural philosophy, intellectual history, history of religion, religious studies, and history of the mind sciences. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal South Asian History and Culture.

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