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Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India

Johannes Quack

Abstract

In academic no less than popular thought, India is frequently represented as the quintessential land of religion. Disenchanting India qualifies this representation through an analysis of the contemporary Indian rationalist organisations (those that affirm the values and attitudes of atheism, humanism or free-thinking).To understand the genesis of organised rationalism in India the book addresses the rationalists’ emphasis on maintaining links to atheism and materialism in ancient India and outlines their strong ties to the intellectual currents of modern European history. At the heart of Disen ... More

Keywords: India, Maharashtra, rationalism, atheism, Charles Taylor, Max Weber, disenchantment, religiosity, unbelief, superstition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johannes Quack, author
Heidelberg University

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