The Philosophy of Idealism in India and the West

Prof Keith Ward, FBA: The Philosophy of Idealism in India and the West

One of the first religious books I read was by Radhakrishnan, who expounds an Indian version of Idealism. Later I came across Hegel, a German Idealist who seemed to have no idea of the depth of Indian thought. I shall discuss two versions of Indian Idealism – Sankara and Ramanuja. Then I shall look at the independent construction of European Idealism from Berkeley to Hegel. I will be dealing with the question of the religious implications and origins of these views, and of the possibility of convergence between them.

Evening: Showing of award-winning film The Bridge.

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