SOCIO-POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION. As it is clear from the title of the book, it deals with social philosophy, political philosophy and philosophy of religion, all in one. It start with a discussion of the nature of philosophy, its relation to life, thought and culture. In political philosophy, it deals with chief political idealogies such as Democracy, Socialism, Fascism, Theocracy, Communism and Sarvodaya. Besides, it includes a discussion of the chief of the political action such as Constitutionalism, Revolution, Terrorism, and Satyagraha. The rationale for including these topics of political science in a book on philosophy lies in the fact that modern social and political philosophy is deeply concerned with political ideologies and methods of political action. In fact these are not only political but social ideologies and the methods of political action have a far reaching influence upon society and social institutions. Therefore, an intimate knowledge of political ideologies and methods of political action is necessary not only for the political philosopher but also for the social philosopher. Similarly, tradition, change and modernity are equally valuable subjects both in social and political fields. Therefore, it is only the fitness of things that a separate chapter has been devoted to the discussion of the subject with reference to Indian social institutions. The discussion of philosophy of religion is started with an analysis of religious language and meaning, proceeds to the discussion of nature and scope of philosophy of religion and deals with the great religions of the world. Buddism, Jainism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism have been studied with particular reference to their Theology and Philosophy of Religion. Besides, general discussion of the fundamental problems of philosophy of religion has been taken up in separate chapters. These include: Foundation of religious belief: Reason, Revelation, Faith and Mysticism God, Immortality of Soul, Liberation and Problem of Evil and Sin, Equality, Unity and Universality of Religions; Religious tolerance; Conversion: Secularism. In the end a discussion of different paths leading to liberation has been taken up with reference to different schools of Indian philosophy. Thus the scope of the present book includes social philosophy, political philosophy and philosophy of religion as prescribed by Indian universities besides, the syllabi laid down for administrative services. Therefore, the present work is equally valuable not only for the competitor but also for the general student of philosophy.





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