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    Pragmatism, Spirituality and Society: New Pathways of Consciousness, Freedom and Solidarity.Ananta Kumar Giri (ed.) - 2021 - Springer Singapore.
    This book explores the dynamics of interaction between pragmatism and spirituality in the constitution and working of consciousness, freedom and solidarity. This book is cross-cultural and transdisciplinary in nature and brings critical and transformative perspectives from different philosophical and spiritual traditions of the world. It discusses the works of seminal thinkers such as William James, Rudolf Steiner, John Dewey, Swami Vivekananda, Martin Heidegger, Claude Levi-Strauss, Jordan Peterson, Slavos Zizek, Paul Valeri and O.V. Vijayan. It also explores dialogues between pragmatism and (...)
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  2. Conversations and Transformations: Toward a New Ethics of Self and Society.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2002 - Global Encounters: Studies in.
    In this intriguing new book, Indian social theorist Ananta Kumar Giri issues a stirring call for scholars of contemporary social theory and practice to grapple with late modernity's most pressing social and political issues. Giri counterposes Western thought with Indian social theory in a work that ranges across an array of Indian texts and ideas, hitherto ignored by Western scholarship. Included, along with the mainstays of Indian intellectual thought like Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo, are lesser known Indian social theorists, economists, (...)
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    Beyond Cosmopolitanism: Towards Planetary Transformations.Ananta Kumar Giri (ed.) - 2017 - Springer Singapore.
    Considering the different traditions of cosmopolitan thinking and experimentation, this cutting edge volume examines the contemporary revival of cosmopolitanism as a response to the challenges of living in an interdependent world. Through a unique multidisciplinary approach, it takes the debate beyond the one-sided universalism of the Euro-American world and explores the multiverse of transformations which confront cosmopolitanism. The collection highlights central questions of cosmopolitan responsibility, global citizenship and justice as well as the importance of dialogue among civilizations, cultures, religions and (...)
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    Beyond Sociology: An Introduction and An Invitation.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2018 - In Beyond Sociology: Trans-Civilizational Dialogues and Planetary Conversations. Springer Singapore. pp. 1-10.
    Exploring new frontiers of sociology does not mean extending existing theories and methods but rather interrogating some of its uncritically accepted modernist assumptions, such as the equating of society and nation-state, the dualism of individual and society and that of ontology and epistemology. Beyond Sociology explores pathways in which we go beyond sociology in terms of exploring the contours of a transformational sociology; this seeks to transform the assumptions of conventional sociological theorizing and practice as well as modes of sociological (...)
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    Rethinking the Human and the Social: Towards a Multiverse of Transformations.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2011 - International Journal of Social Quality 1 (1):109-120.
  6. Knowledge and Human Liberation: Jürgen Habermas, Sri Aurobindo and Beyond.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2004 - European Journal of Social Theory 7 (1):85-103.
    Knowledge and human liberation are epochal challenges and a key question here is what the meaning of knowledge and the meaning of human liberation are. This article argues that knowledge means not only knowledge of self, society and nature as conceived within the predominant dualistic logic of modernity but also knowledge of transcendental self beyond sociological role playing, knowledge of nature beyond anthropocentric reduction and control, and knowledge of cosmos, God and transcendence in an interconnected spirit of autonomy and interpenetration. (...)
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    Rethinking the Politics and Ethics of Consumption: Dialogues with the Swadeshi Movements and Gandhi.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2004 - Journal of Human Values 10 (1):41-51.
    This article attempts to create the space for rethinking the politics and ethics of consumption by initiating dialogues with Swadeshi movements and Gandhi in order to transform the spaces ofproduction transcending the concern for consumption choices. Analysing the history of Swadeshi movements in pre-independence India, especially Bengal, and drawing inspiration from Gandhi 's Swadeshi movement and his principles of swaraj and satyagraha, an attempt has been made here to provide an aesthetic, ethical and spiritual foundation for the present version of (...)
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    Self-Development and Social Transformations?: The Vision and Practice of the Self-Study Mobilization of Swadhyaya.Ananta Kumar Giri & Arjun Appadurai - 2008 - Lexington Books.
    Self-development of individuals and societies is an epochal challenge now but surprisingly very little has been written about this in the vast field of development studies and social sciences. The present book is one of the first efforts in this field and explores in detail the dynamics of pursuits of self-development and the accompanying contradictions in the self-study mobilization called Swadhyaya. Giri is one of the pioneers in bringing self-development to the core of theory and ethnographic multiverse of humanities and (...)
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  9. A School for the Subject.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2002 - Madras Institute of Development Studies.
     
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    Beyond Sociology: Trans-Civilizational Dialogues and Planetary Conversations.Ananta Kumar Giri (ed.) - 2018 - Springer Singapore.
    This book explores the contours of a transformational sociology which seeks to reconsider the horizons of sociological imagination. It questions accepted modernist assumptions such as the equation of society and nation-state, the dualism of individual and society and that of ontology and epistemology. Arguing that contemporary sociology suffers from what Ulrich Beck calls the Nato-like fire power of western sociology, it argues that sociology has to open itself to transcivilizational dialogues and planetary conversations about self, culture and society. The book (...)
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    Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2021 - Routledge India.
    This book presents the first systematic critical exploration of the philosophical and political thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo, both pioneers of modern Indian thought. Bringing together experts from across the world, the volume examines the thoughts, ideas, actions, lives and experiments of Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo on themes such as radical politics and human agency; ideals of human unity; social practices and citizenship; horizons of sustainable development and climate change; inclusive freedom; conceptions of swaraj; interpretations of texts; (...)
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  12. Roots, Routes and a New Awakening: Beyond One and Many and Alternative Planetary Futures.Ananta Kumar Giri (ed.) - 2021 - Springer Singapore.
    This book seeks to find creative and transformative relationship among roots and routes and create a new dynamics of awakening so that we can overcome the problems of closed and xenopbhobic roots and rootless cosmopolitanism. The book draws upon multiple philosophical and spiritual traditions of the world such as Siva Tantra, Buddhist phenomenology and Peircean Semiotics and discusses the works of Ibn-Arabi, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi and Raimon Panikkar,among others.The book is transdiscipinary building on creative thinking from philosophy, anthropology, political studies (...)
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    A New Global Humanity and the Calling of a Post-Colonial Cosmopolis: Self-Development, Inclusion of the Other and Planetary Realizations.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2009 - Journal of Human Values 15 (1):1-14.
    The discourse and practice of humanism is at a cross-road, now challenged by posthuman reflections on what it means to be human. Our understanding of human and humanism is also challenged by transformations in nation-state and citizenship. In this context, the present article explores pathways of a new global humanity emerging out of cross-cultural reflections and new intellectual and social movements.
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    The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism by Deep K. Datta-Ray.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2018 - Philosophy East and West 68 (3):1020-1023.
    In this book, Deep K. Datta-Ray strives to explore some of the deep foundations of Indian diplomacy with and beyond the discourse of modernity, especially its preoccupation with power, control, and violence. Datta-Ray argues that modern diplomacy is rooted in a model of violence and control, and Indian diplomacy is striving to move beyond this. Indian diplomacy draws inspiration from the civilizational ethos of and preoccupation of India with dharma, right conduct, and a non-violent way of being with the world. (...)
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    Sociology as a Quest for a Good Society: A Conversation with Robert Bellah.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2011 - Journal of Human Values 17 (1):1-22.
    Quest for a good society has a long pedigree in sociological thought and critical reflections. It vibrates with many themes of liberation, morality and justice in classical sociology as pioneered by thinkers such as Marx and Durkheim and themes of decent society and creative society in recent theoretical discourses. The present essay discusses this quest for a good society in contemporary social sciences with a detailed discussion of the work of Robert N. Bellah, the pre-eminent sociologist of our times. It (...)
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    Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action: From Discourse Ethics to Spiritual Transformation.Ananta Kumar Giri - 1998 - History of the Human Sciences 11 (3):87-113.
    This article strives to make a critical assessment of the claim of discourse ethics, as articulated by Jürgen Habermas, to meet with the challenges of moral consciousness and communicative action today. The article locates Habermas' theory of discourse ethics in the contemporary movement to remoralize institutions and to build a post-conventional moral theory. It describes Habermas' agenda and looks into incoherences in his project in accordance with his own norms. Beginning with an internal critique of Habermas, the article, however, is (...)
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    Management Education and the Teaching of Ethics: Pedagogy, Practice and the Challenge of a New Initiative.Ananta Kumar Giri - 1997 - Journal of Human Values 3 (1):3-19.
    This paper examines the issue of teaching of ethics in management education with specific reference to the debate on this and pedagogic interventions in India and the United States. It describes, among others, the initiative taken at Harvard Business School to teach ethics to MBA students as well as the effort made by the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta to teach ethics and human values to the students. It is argued that all these pedagogic initiatives can help us to be (...)
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    The Politics of Religion and the Complex Spirituality of Religious Encounters and Co-Realizations: The Multiverse of Hindu Engagement with Christianity in India.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2013 - The Politics and Religion Journal 7 (1):41-73.
    The paper discusses the complexity of spiritual quest and bordercrossing dialogues in India. It discusses the multiverse of engagement between Hindus and Christians and the plural streams of co-walking, contradictions and confrontations. It discusses the complex histories of encounters between Hindus and Christians. It discusses the inter-religious dialogues undertaken by religious leaders, reformers and common people from both the traditions.
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    Gandhi, Tagore and a New Ethics of Argumentation.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2001 - Journal of Human Values 7 (1):43-63.
    Discourse, dialogue and deliberation are important frames for thinking about and creating an ideal inter- subjective condition and a dignified society at present. This article presents the contours of such a new ethics of argumentation by carrying out a detailed discussion of the relationship between Gandhi and Tagore, and the way they argued with each other. Their arguments and counter-arguments were not for the sake of win ning any egotistic victory but for exploring truth. It also connects this new ethics (...)
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    Cross-Fertilizing Roots and Routes: Towards a New Art of Border Crossing.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2021 - In Roots, Routes and a New Awakening: Beyond One and Many and Alternative Planetary Futures. Springer Singapore. pp. 163-178.
    Roots and routes raise the questions of boundaries and borders and call for a new art of border crossing. Boundaries, borders, and margins are related concepts and realities and each of these can be conceptualized and organized in closed or open ways with variations in degrees of closure as well as openness. The existing conceptualization and organization of boundaries, borders, and margins reflect and embody a logic of statis, closure and a cult of exclusivistic, and exclusionary sovereignty. The articles argues (...)
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    Cross-Fertilizing Roots and Routes: An Introduction and an Invitation.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2021 - In Roots, Routes and a New Awakening: Beyond One and Many and Alternative Planetary Futures. Springer Singapore. pp. 1-6.
    Roots and Routes are related to each other but in life, self, culture and society we sometimes forget this. We become either prisoners of closed roots or rootless routes. The introduction to this book tries to overcome such closure and imprisonment and discusses many contributions of this volume. It tries to create pathways of going beyond one and many create alternative planetary futures.
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    Gardens of God: Spiritual Pragmatism and Transformation of Religion, Politics, Self and Society.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2021 - In Pragmatism, Spirituality and Society: New Pathways of Consciousness, Freedom and Solidarity. Springer Singapore. pp. 315-326.
    Kingdom of God is a familiar and dominant discourse in religion, society and the world. It is also a dominant framing for thinking about a good society here on Earth. But the discourse of Kingdom of God is many a time locked in a discourse of power. In dominant versions of political theology, it is linked to violence. In this essay, an attempt is made to rethink Kingdom of God as Gardens of God. There is also an interlinked attempt to (...)
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    Pragmatism, Spirituality and Society: An Introduction and Invitation to New Pathways of Consciousness, Freedom and Solidarity.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2021 - In Pragmatism, Spirituality and Society: New Pathways of Consciousness, Freedom and Solidarity. Springer Singapore. pp. 1-14.
    Pragmatism invites us to cultivate new relationship between practice and consciousness, practice and spirituality, freedom and solidarity. This book explores different dimensions of pragmatism, spirituality, consciousness, freedom and solidarity. This introduction to the volume describes different chapters in the volume and explores their ways of relating to pragmatism, consciousness, spirituality and freedom. It also discusses Sri Aurobindo’s reflections on mentalistic pragmatism and how it needs to be related to wider and deeper consciousness works and meditations.
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    Beyond Sociology: Cultivating an Ontological Epistemology of Participation.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2018 - In Beyond Sociology: Trans-Civilizational Dialogues and Planetary Conversations. Springer Singapore. pp. 29-51.
    Sociology is part of the agenda of modernity which privileges epistemology to the neglect of ontological issues. In the modernist mode, sociology was considered only an epistemic project, a project of knowing about the world with proper procedure and scientific method and neglected issues of consciousness, self, relationship of subject and object, and ontological issues of self-nurturance and self-transformation. The neglect of ontology is a crucial gap in modernistic sociology which continues to persist even in contemporary new formulations such as (...)
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    Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action: From Discourse Ethics to Spiritual Transformations.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2018 - In Beyond Sociology: Trans-Civilizational Dialogues and Planetary Conversations. Springer Singapore. pp. 93-121.
    The relationship between sociology and morality is a complex one. There is a vibrant tradition of moral sociology which is not moralistic in a naïve sense. It does not just want to reproduce existing conventions of society blindly as it strives to interrogate morality from the point of justice. This chapter discusses the contours of a critical moral sociology through a dialogue with Jürgen Habermas and Sri Aurobindo, and then strives to explore its limitations. It pleads for a movement from (...)
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    With and Beyond Plurality of Standpoints: Sociology and the Sadhana of Multi-Valued Logic and Living.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2018 - In Beyond Sociology: Trans-Civilizational Dialogues and Planetary Conversations. Springer Singapore. pp. 193-220.
    This chapter discusses the issue of standpoint in sociological discourse as well as in the dynamics of social life. It begins with a discussion of the work of André Béteille, creative social theorist from India, about the plurality of standpoints in the sociological discourse of society as well as in social dynamics. Béteille has consistently been a champion of a plural approach in the study of society, but his discussion of plural standpoints raises further questions which call for further collaborative (...)
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    Cultivating New Movements and Circles of Meaning Generation: Upholding Our World, Regenerating Our Earth and the Calling of a Planetary Lokasamgraha.Ananta Kumar Giri - 2019 - Journal of Human Values 26 (2):146-166.
    Meaning is a key foundation of human life. We yearn to make our life meaningful and have a proper understanding of the meaning of words and worlds, which help us in blossoming of life rather than being trapped in labyrinths of confusion and annihilated in varieties of killing and destruction. But this fundamental yearning for meaning has always been under stress in different periods and epochs of human history. In our contemporary world, we are also going through stress, vis-à-vis the (...)
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