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Modernity in Indian Social Theory$
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A Raghuramaraju

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198070122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070122.001.0001

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(p.139) Conclusion
Modernity in Indian Social Theory

A. Raghuramaraju

Oxford University Press

Some social theorists in India, including Partha Chatterjee, Javeed Alam, and Gopal Guru, have failed to recognize the core project of modernity and its social consequences. Instead, they were preoccupied with the themes of modernity including reason or the ‘cunning of reason’, ‘individualism’ or ‘individuation’, nationalism, secularism, and universalism. This prevented them from recognizing the internal project of modernity. This also prevented others from seeing some important and unique issues including internal criticism that is evident in the writings of contemporary Indian thinkers like Swami Vivekananda, and prevented them from identifying a third kind of action in Mahatma Gandhi, namely, inaction. This book argues that, unlike the West, social theory in India was unable to grasp the philosophical foundations of modernity that lies in its method.

Keywords:   India, social theory, West, modernity, nationalism, secularism, Partha Chatterjee, Javeed Alam, internal criticism, Gopal Guru

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