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Drawing on Indian discussions of public and practical reason, the book argues that individual, moral, and political identity is a formation of reason.
Preface Introduction: The Reach and Resources of Reason PART I: PUBLIC REASON PROMOTED 1. An Ideal of Public Reason Public reason in the Questions of Milinda An ideal of public reason in the Nyaya-sutra 2. Ancient Indian Logic as a Theory of Case-Based Reasoning A model of reasoning in the Nyaya-sutra The theory transformed Retrieving the ancient case-based model 3. Neutrality: a Theory From the Time of Asoka A Buddhist treatise on public reason: the Elements of Dialogue Eight stances in a dialogue The 'way forward' and the 'way back' 4. Local Norms: the Priority of the Particular Rules versus cases Three models of particulars as standards Particulars as paradigms in the Nyaya-sutra Particulars as prototypes in the Ritual Sutras PART II: PRACTICAL REASON RESOURCED 5. The Critic Within Multiple Hinduisms A dissenting voice Meeting reason with reason Evidence, expertise and assent Religion and reason 6. Adapt and Substitute The hermeneutics of ritual Ethics in the Hindu canon The reason of sages Adaptive reasoning from paradigms 7. Model Humans and Moral Instincts Persons as paradigms of exemplary conduct Ethical dilemmas: the 'case' The heart's approval: moral instinct PART III: DISSENT 8. Implied Voices of Dissent The paradox of inquiry Inquiry as adjudication The challenge reformulated in Sa?kara 9. Can One Seek to Answer any Question? Srihar?a On questioning: the pragmatics of interrogative dialogue The prior knowledge argument Against aiming The longing for knowledge PART IV: IDENTITY, FOUND OR FASHIONED? 10. On the Formation of Self Spiritual exercises and the aesthetic analogy Philosophy as medicine Plutarch and the Buddhists: returning oneself to the present A life complete at every moment Taming the self Philosophy and the ends of life 11. Problems of Self and Identity Reincarnation and personal identity Higher and lower selves Bad thoughts and conscience No self? Being true to your individual self 12. Identity and Illusions about the Self Speaking about the self Polestar and compass: two modes of practical reason The ethics of self-deception and the reach of reason Cognitive stories 13. "What You Are You Do Not See, What You See is Your Shadow" The philosophical double The double in Mauni's fiction Self to self Inhabiting an identity PART V: IDENTITY & THE MODERN INTELLECTUAL 14. Interpreting Intellectual India Questions of method Objectivity Immersion 15. An Exemplary Indian Intellectual Bimal Krishna Matilal A conversation among equals A common ground? 16. India and the Shaping of Global Intellectual Culture Covert borrowings Other routes of influence Concluding Summary Bibliography

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