, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 577–580 | Cite as

Review of Sharad Deshpande (ed.), Philosophy in Colonial India

Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Springer India, 2015, ISBN: 978-8132222224, 272 pp
  • Amitabha DasguptaEmail author

It is generally held that the colonial period witnessed a disruption of philosophy as pursued traditionally in ancient India. The nature of this disruption is a matter of interpretation and explanation. True, in the colonial period, Indian philosophy lost its continuity with the tradition but this did not lead to a state of extinction in which philosophical activity came to a halt. On the contrary, one finds that philosophy in the colonial period continued to be vibrant and lively, as it is claimed to have been the case in the classical period, though the nature of philosophizing went through a change due to the influence of the European worldview. Therefore, the question that arises is: What was the conception of philosophy that is characteristic of colonial India? There is a dominant view which says that philosophy pursued in colonial India was mainly an imitation—a poor copy of the Western European Philosophy. There is a second view according to which philosophy in colonial India...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of HyderabadHyderabadIndia

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