Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hegel’s Gita – A Philosopher Haunted by Indian Spirit

An excerpt from Hegel’s IndiaA Reinterpretation, about Hegel’s little known writings on the Bhagavad Gita.

By Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra 
Published in The Wire, 4 November 2017

It is little known that the great teacher of Karl Marx, German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, wrote extensively on the Gita. Hegel’s long two-part essay entitled, “On the Episode of the Mahabharata Known by the Name Bhagavad-Gita by Wilhelm von Humboldt” is a detailed critique of not only the Indological work of Humboldt, but also of the philosophical foundations and teachings of the Gita itself.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hegel's India nominated for the 


Book of the Year (non-fiction)!

Sharing space with these stars:

NONFICTION: Pankaj Mishra, Shashi Tharoor, Meena Menon, Arun Shourie, Milan Vaishnav

FICTION: Arundhati Roy, Anees Salim, Sujit Saraf, Shahnaz Bashir, Easterine Kire, Meena Kandasamy

Stunned and thrilled, goosebumps!

#tataliteraturelive #tatalitlive #litlive



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

'The Land of Desire' -- A Review of 'Hegel’s India: A Reinterpretation, with Texts'

An extract:
'Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s sustained engagement with India has always been something of a puzzle. His views on India, “the land of desire,” cannot, despite interpretive acrobatics, be described as anything but hostile. Yet, there is a seriousness of purpose in his engagement . . .  the useful introduction by Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra to their usable anthology of Hegel’s writings on India does not dissent from this explanation, but hints that there must be something more to the matter. After all, Hegel is constantly revising the material he incorporates on India, whether it is in his lecture cycles on history and religion or the material in his encyclopaedia. There is also the palpable intensity of engagement that comes through in all the writings collected in this volume . . . It is wonderful to have access to these writings in one volume. The introduction gives a tour d’horizon of the sources Hegel consulted and the interpretive controversies surrounding his work on India . . . But reading Hegel is always challenging. If the difficulties are great, so are the stakes. Even in his most prejudiced criticism, he could shine a light on unusual questions.' 

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, 'The Land of Desire', 11 February 2017, The Indian Express

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The distinctiveness of German Indology – and its expression in German philosophy

On one side, posturing against his intellectual rivals (that is, the German romantics, great champions of Indian wisdom) Hegel treated Indian thought with acerbic contempt, riding roughshod over the subtle distinctions which, during cooler and more contemplative moments, he himself took great pains to tease out, articulate, and explore. 

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