Bonfire of Creeds: The Essential Ashis Nandy

Paperback | January 1, 2010

byAshis Nandy

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This anthology invites readers to revisit Ashis Nandy's thought and to participate in the open-ended, intellectual adventure of his work. The essays included do not merely reflect his long-term political and moral concerns but are also a continuous intellectual challenge to us. In this book,as in his entire intellectual life, the two pivots of his work have remained the political psychology of violence and the cultural psychology of knowledge. Trained to explore the complexities of human subjectivity, he has continued to explore the extremes of human destructiveness and humancreativity and to use knowledge as a therapeutic intervention in society and politics. This collection, introduced by Gustavo Esteva and Madhu S. Prakash, gives the reader a comprehensive introduction to the democratic, post-secular sensitivities that shape Nandy's approach to transformativepolitics and his non-hierarchical, anti-technocratic ideas of people's knowledge.

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This anthology invites readers to revisit Ashis Nandy's thought and to participate in the open-ended, intellectual adventure of his work. The essays included do not merely reflect his long-term political and moral concerns but are also a continuous intellectual challenge to us. In this book,as in his entire intellectual life, the two p...

Ashis Nandy is Fellow at the Centre for Developing Societies in New Delhi.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:506 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Prakash: IntroductionA Credo as ProlegomenaPart I Politics of TraditionSati: A Nineteenth Century Tale of Women, Violence and ProtestThe Final Encounter: The Politics of the Assassination of GandhiCulture, State and the Rediscovery of Indian PoliticsThe Twilight of Certitudes: Secularism, Hindu Nationalism and Other Masks of DeculturationA Report on the Present State of Health of the Gods and Goddesses in South AsiaPart II: Politics of SelfThe Illegitimacy of Nationalism: Rabindranath Tagore and the Politics of SelfThe Fantastic India-Pakistan Battle: Or the Future of the Past in South AsiaSatyajit Ray's Secret Guide to Exquisite Murders: Creativity, Social Criticism, and the partitioning of the SelfPart III: Politics of KnowledgeScience, Authoritarianism and Culture: On the scope and Limits of Isolation outside the ClinicCulture, Voice and Development: A Primer for the UnsuspectingTowards an Alternative Politics of PsychologyThe Savage Freud: The First Nonwestern Psychoanalyst and the Politics of Secret Selves in Colonial IndiaThe Scope and Limits and Dissent: India's First Environmentalist and his Critique of the DVCPart IV Politics of the FutureReconstructing Childhood: A Critique of the Ideology of AdulthoodTowards a Third-World UtopiaShamans, Savages and the Wilderness: On the Audibility of Dissent and the Future of CivilizationsIndex