Ancient Philosophy and Modern Science: An Inquiry into Conceptual Links
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Book ID : 36021
ISBN-10 : 81-85753-97-0 / 8185753970
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
200p., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
Although the title of the book is very general, the theme centers on the Vedic philosophy. The Vedic philosophy has been characterized as religious and dogmatic. No doubt the Vedas contain spiritual hymns; it also contains deep philosophy in its metaphoric maxims. Overall, Vedic literature is deeply entrenched in faith, strong belief in God and creation. In contrast, the empirical science advocates verification and corroboration. Further, science demands induction from facts and not deductions from dogmas. Thus, scientific truth stand opposite to spiritual truths and it has been this way since empirical science made its debut in the sixteenth century. This book espouses neither spiritualism nor empiricism in strict sense of these terms; rather it merely tries to find correlations between Vedic pronouncements and science, as we know it now. It does not wrap Vedic aphorisms into a package of creationism; rather, it seeks to find the truth; the truth in the criticism that Vedic scriptures are full of mysticism, overstress religion, and therefore, theological in character. This is the inspiration and objective of this book. Toward this goal., the Chapters of the book reveal the metaphysics and scientific parallels grounded in those adages. The book discusses the metaphysical concepts embedded in the Vedic philosophy vis-à-vis the Western philosophy as well as the parallels of those conceptual frameworks in modern science. This book will be useful for students and research scholars in comparative Studies, Indic Studies, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy.