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Disenchanting IndiaOrganized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India$
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Johannes Quack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.001.0001

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Individual Interpretations and Applications of Rationalism

Individual Interpretations and Applications of Rationalism

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(p.206) (p.207) 13 Individual Interpretations and Applications of Rationalism
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Disenchanting India
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Johannes Quack

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0014

This chapter provides general information about the different interpretations and applications of rationalism by the members, activists and representatives of ANiS. It is shown how ANiS manages to unite intellectuals and activists in one organisation through a process in which abstract debates and philosophical distinctions work alongside concrete social activities with immediate practical relevance. It is argued that for the average member, ideological rejections of practices such as Ayurveda or Astrology, portrayed as “pseudo-sciences”, are less important than the relevance of rationalism in their everyday lives as exemplified by their experience of fearlessness and a sense of invulnerability.

Keywords:   interpretation, application, intellectuals, activists, Ayurveda, Astrology, pseudo-science, fearlessness

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