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Item Code: NAC885
Author: Tapan Kumar Chakrabarty
Publisher: Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar
Edition: 2012
Pages: 489
Cover: Hardcover
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Weight 590 gm
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About the Author

Born in 14th March, 1940 and brought up in a religious and cultural family atmosphere. His father Bibhuti Bhusan Chakrabarti was a headmaster whose mission was man-making. His mother Chapala Devi was a kind-hearted woman who loved and helped the poor neighbours silently. After finishing his school education from Bally Jora-Aswatthatala Vidyalaya, Sri Chakrabarti was admitted to BA. (Hons.) and M.A. Degree in Philosophy from the Presidency College and also Ph.D. Degree from Calcutta University. As a mark of recognition of his academic achievements, he was a awarded scholarship, Ramtanu Lahiri Gold Medal and Sri Aurobindo Silver Medal. He started his career as a lecturer at R.P.M. College, Uttarpara and retired from Jadavpur University as Professor after rendering 33 years of service. In between he served Vidyasagar University, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta University, Acharya B.N. Seal College and Lalbaba College in some capacity or other. At present he is engaged in teaching at Kalyani University and West Bengal State University. He was also invited to deliver a series of lectures on Mystical Approach to Religion at Golpark R.K.M. Institute of Culture. He contributed many articles in different journals and participated in many national and international seminars. He also acted as a Resource Person in all the Universities of West Bengal and in some, outside West Bengal. He has at present five Books to his credit. Two other volumes were being published by his students shortly. He contributed two articles in A Companion to Philosophers, edited by Dr. R.L. Arrington and edited Rabindra Centenary Issue of Presidency College, a prestigious assignment. He was recognized as International Philosopher of the year by IBC, Great Britain. He supervised successfully more than 25 Ph.D. students and more than 20 M. Phil students till date.


It is indeed a great pleasure to see that my students make arrangement for publishing my work. No words of praise are enough to express my gratitude and indebtedness to them.

This book is a collection of papers written by me at different periods. These papers are mostly presented in the seminars organized by different universities and colleges. So there is every likelihood that there are repetitions here and there. The wise readers, I believe, will not mind and bear with me ungrudingly.

Sriman Debasish Bhattacharya of Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar extends his helping hand for the timely publication of my book. He deserves to be complimented.

I am thankful to my students for publishing this book.


1.Two views of Causality1-34
2.On Hume’s Definitions of Cause35-48
3.Kant and Hume on Causality49-54
4.Nyaya Definition of Perception55-77
5.Jayanta Bhatta’s Theory of Karana: A Defence48-95
6.A Critique of Paramanukaranavada96-106
7.Sabda as a svatantra Pramana107-120
8.The Sankhya Theory of Pramanas121-142
9.Sankhya Theory of Bondage and Liberation143-161
10.The Sankhya View of Morality162-182
11.Understanding Duhkha: A Sankhya Perspective183-190
12.Prasastapadacarya on Dharma191-218
13.Dharma : The Ethical Ideal — A Yogic Perspective219-232
14.Dharma in Hinduism: An Ideal Religion233-243
15.Svadharma as A Value244-268
16.Meaning of Mahavakya in Advaita Vedanta269-288
17.The Advaita View of Identity289-305
18.Avidyakaranatavada 306-327
19.Word-meaning and Sentence-meaning: An Indian Perspective328-366
20.Different Theories on Sakti: A Critical Estimate367-408
21.Swami Vivekananda and Practical Vedanta409-426
22.Sri Aurobindo on Integral Yoga427-431
23.In Defence of Varna Vyavastha: A Rejoinder to Ambedkar432-440
24.Meeting Grounds of Living Religions441-458
25.The Role of Vedanta in Contemporary Indian Philosophy458-481
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