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Contemporary Philosophy : A Historical Introduction (1800-2020 AD)
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Cyril Desbruslais, S.J. Edited by Valerian Mendonca, S.J..
Bibliographical Details xii, 343 p. 24 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351485420
ISBN-13 9789351485421, 978-9351485421
Year of Publication 2021.
Series JD Philosophy Series - 18.
Further Details In Collaboration with Jnana Deepa, Pune.
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This volume on Contemporary Philosophy deals with the main thinkers and themes of Western Philosophy from  the beginning of 19th century. Movements like idealism, positivism, existentialism and philosophy of life are dealt with succinctly. A brief history of the main thinkers (including Fichte, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Comte, Spencer, Kierkegaard, Sartre and Heidegger, etc.) are given and their contemporary relevance emphasized.  Based on his 40 years of interaction with young philosophy scholars, this volume is a must for anyone interested in dealing with contemporary thought and vision. This concise book is a continuation of the author’s earlier volume on Ancient, Medieval and Modern Philosophy.  A must for anyone interested in the history of contemporary Western philosophy.


Author’s Introduction
General Bibliography


1A. Introductory
1B. Beginnings
      1.1. Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1772–1814)
      1.2. Friederich Wilhelm Josef Schelling (1775–1814)
1C. The Watershed
       1.3. George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)
1D. Later Developments
      1.4. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860)
      1.5. The Young Hegelians
      1.6. Elsewhere in the West
1E. General Conclusion


2A. Introductory
2B. Beginnings: Early Evolutionists
      2.1. Auguste Comte (1798–1857)
      2.2. Charles Darwin (1809–1882)
      2.3. Herbert Spencer (1820–1903)
2C. The Watershed 97
       2.4. Karl Marx (1818–1883)
2D. Later Developments
       2.5. Utilitarianism
       2.6. Behaviourism
       2.7. Psychoanalysis
       2.8. Durkheimian Sociology
       2.9. Select Bibliography
       2.10. Concluding General Remarks on the Later Developments of Positivism

3. Existentialism

3A. Introductory
3A.1. The Term and Origins
3A.2. Some General Studies
3B. Beginnings
      3.1. Soren Kierkegaard (1813–1855)
3C. The Watershed
       3.2. Jean Paul Sartre (1905–1980)
       3.3. Gabriel Marcel (1889–1973)
       3.4. Karl Jaspers (1883–1969)
       3.5. Martin Heidegger (1889–1976)
       3.6. Other Existentialist Writers
3D. General Conclusion

4. The Philosophy of Life Movement

4A. Introductory
4B. The Thinkers
      4.1. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900)
      4.2. Henri Bergson (1859–1951)
      4.3. Maurice Blondel (1861–1949)
      4.4. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955)
      4.5. Concluding Remarks on the Philosophy of Life Movement

Dr Cyrils Desbruslais (1940-) is an Indian Jesuit priest, Professor of Philosophy at Jnana- Deepa, Pune, India, and an accomplished playwright. He has been inspiring countless number of youth to lead meaningful and visionary lives.  Accompanying young minds (including luminaries like Dr Shashi  Tharoor  and General Shankar Roychowdhury), Dr Desbruslais, who completed 80 eventful and fruitful years, has contributed significantly to the flourishing and well-being of youth in India at the emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels.

The Editor:  Dr Valerian Mendonca SJ, a student of Dr Desbruslais,  is Assistant  Professor of Philosophy at Loyola College, Chennai.

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