The author argues that the analysis of lifeworlds can enable the philosopher to turn a diagnostic eye on matters of concrete concern such as the critique of culture, problems of identity in fast-changing environments, the extent of responsibility, and the criteria of responsibility, and the criteria of prioritization in issues of public policy. Multiculturalism provides material for analysis, and this is followed by discussion of explicit and implicit violence, for the cultures of violence are plural. This leads to the consideration of religion in contemporary society and why it often seems to lend itself to exploitation.
About the Author:
MARGARET CHATTERJEE has been Chair in the Department of Philosophy, Delhi University, and Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Her other assignments include a Professorship in Comparative Religion at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, and Visiting Professorships at Drew and Calgary Universities. She has taught philosophy at Westminster College, Oxford, and Bryn Mawr, given the Teape Lectures at Cambridge, and been Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Formerly President of the International Society for Metaphysics, she has published widely in the fields of philosophy and religious studies, having at one time been Spalding Visiting Fellow in Indian Philosophy and Religion at Wolfson College, Oxford. Her recent publications includeStudies in Modern Jewish and Hindu Thought(Macmillan, London, 1997), and Hinterlands and Horizons (Lexington Books, Md., 2002).
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