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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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Epilogue: Disenchanting india contextualized

Epilogue: Disenchanting india contextualized

(p.285) Epilogue: Disenchanting india contextualized
Disenchanting India

Johannes Quack

Oxford University Press

The epilogue raises three questions which help to contextualize the description and analysis of ANiS within a broader context: Raised first is the empirical question as to what degree the Indian rationalist movement can be seen to be part of a global rationalist movement which spread from the 19th century onwards and which also includes, for example, “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins. Secondly, on the basis of various materialistic and instrumentalist perspectives on death, the theoretical question is raised as to what degree the concepts of disenchantment and rationalisation help to situate the aims and activities, as well as the specific mode of unbelief of the Indian rationalists, within a larger trans-cultural and trans-historical perspective. Third comes the meta-theoretical, reflexive question of the role of the narratives of disenchantment and rationalisation and the debates around “rationality” within the Cultural Sciences, as well as in Indian intellectual life and cultural politics, and what consequences these might have for attempts to research rationalism in a wider perspective.

Keywords:   global rationalist movement, New Atheists, Richard Dawkins, disenchantment, rationalisation, death, trans-cultural studies, reflexivity

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