This book details on the handpicked modern and contemporary Indian thinkers, and their creative attempt to respond to challenges of modern times by revisiting and reinterpreting the classical Indian thought together with adapting suitable western ideological inputs. Question of tradition and modernity rocked the minds of the thinkers of the given period compelling each one to effectively face the challenges in their own milieu, socio-economic political-academic-religious-spiritual-cultural contexts. Schooled in classical philosophical thought, loaded heavily by medieval devotional beliefs and practices, and now challenged by modern ideas in colonial and post-colonial periods, these thinkers and activists have critically analysed both their own cherished traditions and that of others. Varied are their responses in plural contexts, with ever widening horizon. An attempt is made by the author to mark their thoughts relevant to the contemporary times enabling the readers to respond creatively in a given context with renewed thinking.
Introduction: India in the Modern Period
1. Religious and Social Reformists
4. Humanists and Socialists
5. Subaltern Thinkers
6. Academic Philosophers
7. Religious and Spiritual Masters (Gurus)
8. Indian Christian Thinkers
9. Modern-Contemporary Indian Thinkers: A General Assessment
Some Questions for Reflection
John Peter Vallabadoss is a Franciscan Capuchin belonging to Amala Annai Province, Tamil Nadu. He obtained his PhD from Universtiy of Madras. In his 19 years of teaching philosophy; he has been the Dean of Studies at St. Joseph’s Capuchin Philosophical College, Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu and visiting faculty at Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), Pune; Satyanilayam, Chennai; Arulanandar College, Madurai. He has been the Treasurer and Secretary of Association of Christian Philosophers of India and a Consultant in Philosophy at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He has also served as Registrar of Vijnananilayam Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Eluru, A.P. He has convened three National Seminars. To his credit, he has authored two books and edited four books till date. He has also contributed 43 research articles in various publications. Presently, he is pursuing his Post-Doctoral Research in Paris.