This volume of Essays is presented in Memory of the late Dr Ian Kesarcodi-Watson, a Philosopher with deep, though anguished, Interest in the Traditions of India, and an influential force for the establishment of Religious studies as an Academic discipline, within Australia at least. Ian Kesarcodi-Watson shared a number of other scholarly and intellectual concerns, and in his efforts to address these he impressed and influenced a good number of people who came across him or his works. Several scholars from around the globe were invited to contribute essays treating one or other aspect of the broad range of issues and problems that concern an academic Study of the world's Religions and the pursuit of philosophy, largely in a cross-cultural context. Students and scholars with any interest in these areas should find the essays informative and thoughtful. The essays have been arranged under the very General headings of Eastern Philosophy and religions, cross-cultural studies, and general philosophy and religion. The collection begins with some reflections on the life and Career of Dr Ian Kesarcodi-Watson (G. Bailey) and ends with an essay entitled "Unravelling the Meanings of Life?" (R. Sylvan & N. Griffin).
The editors of this volume, Puru-sottama Bilimoria (Ph D, La Trobe University) and Peter Fenner (Ph D, University of Queensland), undertook some Parts of their graduate studies with Dr Ian Kesarcodi-Watson, and are now lecturers in the School of Humanities at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.