The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory

Hardcover | May 30, 2012

byGopal Guru, Sundar Sarukkai

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This volume explores the relationship between experience and theory in Indian social sciences in the form of a dialogue. It focuses on questions of Dalit experience and untouchability. While Gopal Guru argues that only those who have lived lives as subalterns can represent them accurately,Sundar Sarukkai feels that people located outside the community can also represent them. Thematically divided into five sections, the first discusses the problems associated with theory in the social sciences in the Indian context. The next makes inquiries into the nature of personal and collective experience. The third explores the larger connection between ethics and theory in India, both in the natural and social sciences. The fourth examines the ontological and epistemological nature of experience itself and the politicsof experience, and the last focuses on the experience and theory of experience in India. The authors invoke the image of a cracked mirror to suggest a more complex and distorted relation between experience and theory. This book will interest scholars, researchers, and students of Dalit studies, subaltern studies, and politics.

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This volume explores the relationship between experience and theory in Indian social sciences in the form of a dialogue. It focuses on questions of Dalit experience and untouchability. While Gopal Guru argues that only those who have lived lives as subalterns can represent them accurately,Sundar Sarukkai feels that people located outsi...

Gopal Guru is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Sundar Sarukkai is Professor and Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities at Manipal University, Karnataka and former Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:May 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198078315

ISBN - 13:9780198078319

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AcknowledgementsGopal Guru and Sundar Sarukkai: Introduction1. Gopal Guru: Egalitarianism and the Social Sciences in India2. Sundar Sarukkai: Experience and Theory: From Habermas to Gopal Guru3. Sundar Sarukkai: Understanding Experience4. Gopal Guru: Experience, Space and Justice by5. Gopal Guru: Experience and the Ethics of Theory6. Sundar Sarukkai: Ethics of Theorizing7. Sundar Sarukkai: Phenomenology of Untouchability8. Gopal Guru: Archaeology of UntouchabilityReferencesIndex