The Radical Secularism of South Asian Philosophy and the Rupture of Religion and Nationalism

January 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Room 432, North Ross Building, Keele Campus

For reasons that have everything to do with the peculiarities of the European intellectual tradition, scholars and non-scholars alike (in and outside of South Asia) have irrationally attempted to imperiously understand South Asia by way of treating the European tradition as a frame of reference. If we instead study this tradition as philosophy, by way of the application of considerations of formal logic, not only do we appreciate the receptivity of the South Asian tradition to radical secularism, we appreciate that religious identity and non-secularism rely entirely on methods and convictions that are alien to it.

Speaker: Shyam Ranganathan, Department of Philosophy, York University
Discussant: Hira Singh, Department of Sociology, York University

Organized on behalf of South Asian Studies Initiative

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