Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Raja Rammohun Roy: A new appraisal/D.P. Chattopadhyaya. 3. Society, morality and culture: Bankim Chandra's response to western thought/Hiranmoy Banerjee. 4. Rabindranath on human solidarity/Kalyan Sen Gupta. 5. Vivekananda's notion of morality: a reconstruction/Tirthanath Bandyopadhyay. 6. Alienation, exploitation and beyond: an exposition of the views of Vivekananda/Soumitra Basu. 7. Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of Indian culture/Krishna Roy. 8. Social reform in 19th century Bengal and the woman question/Chhanda Gupta. Index.
"The book is a collection of papers dealing with the ideas of the Bengali thinkers of the 19th century on polity, morality, history, economy and culture. These Bengali thinkers were highly creative, and their assimilation of western ideas did not prevent them from imprinting the stamp of their own personality on them. The papers in this book highlight their original thought in different areas with a view to showing how every one of them assimilates western ideas in order to hammer out a new social horizon. Anyone interested in social philosophy, and particularly in the 19th century Bengali thought, would find this volume useful." (jacket)
[Kalyan Sengupta is Professor of Philosophy at Jadavpur University. His publications include Language and Philosophy; Mentalistic Turn; Language, Knowledge and Ontology.
Tirthanath Bandyopadhyay is Reader in Philosophy at Jadavpur University. His publications include Man: An Essay in Philosophical Anthropology; Man and Morality.