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Disenchanting India : organized rationalism and criticism of religion in India

Author: Johannes Quack
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
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India is frequently represented as the quintessential land of religion. Johannes Quack challenges this representation through an examination of the contemporary Indian rationalist movement, which affirms the values and attitudes of atheism, humanism, or free-thinking. Quack shows the rationalists' emphasis on maintaining links to atheism and materialism in ancient India and outlines their strong ties to the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johannes Quack
ISBN: 9780199812608 0199812608 9780199812622 0199812624
OCLC Number: 704120510
Description: xvii, 362 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Object of Inquiry: Indian Rationalists, Modes of Unbelief and Disenchantment --
1. Indian Rationalists --
2. Modes of (Non- )Religiosity and Unbelief --
3. Rationalization and Disenchantment --
4. Methodological Remarks and Research Setting --
pt. II History: Roots of Organized Rationalism in India --
5. "Narrative" of the Indian Roots of Rationalism --
6. Evolution of Rationalism in Colonial India --
7. Influence of the English Rationalist Movement --
8. Organized Rationalism in 20th-century India --
9. Recent History of Organized Rationalism in Maharashtra --
pt. III Ethnography: Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (ANiS) --
10. ANiS in Action: The Science-Van --
11. Organizational Structure and Setup of ANiS --
12. Profile and Agenda of ANiS --
13. Individual Interpretations and Applications of Rationalism --
14. Rationalism as a Way of Life --
15. ANiS in Context --
16. Impact of ANiS --
pt. IV Theory: The Mode of Unbelief of ANiS --
Epilogue: Disenchanting India Contextualized --
Empirical Question: A Transnational Rationalist Movement? --
Theory: Disenchantment as Problematic Master-Narrative --
Metatheory: Prospective Reflections on "Researching Rationalism" --
References --
Appendixes --
1. Transliteration of Hindi and Marathi Terms --
2. Interviews and Documented Conversations --
3. Anti-Superstition Bill --
4. Original German Quotations.
Responsibility: Johannes Quack.
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