God, Self and Politics: Bradley, McTaggart and Iqbal

  • Javed Majeed
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In his study of the racial and sexual attitudes of the British in India, Kenneth Ballhatchet has convincingly argued that an important feature of British society in India became the pre-servation of ‘social distance’ between that society and the indigenous populations it ruled over. It was this social distance which came to be seen as essential to the maintenance of power and authority.2 The vast of structurese scholarship on English colonial literature and European perceptions of the ‘other’ sometimes seems to mimic this self-referential world of the British in India. Indigenous societies are less entities in their own right, and more objects which are represented, or indeed created, in European discourses. Furthermore, there is little or no sense of indigenous literatures themselves, which are also entities in their own right, with their own genealogies of sophistication, still less a sense of how these literatures interacted with European literatures under the impact of colonial expansion. It is as though studies of Euroean literature in the context of European imperialism erialism deal only with half an archive, and ignore the other half.


Communal Politics Philosophical Study Ultimate Reality Colonial State British Rule 
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