was made by Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya. The publication of his pioneering work Lokayata: A Study in Ancient Indian Materialism. () with its scholarly. Results 1 – 16 of 17 Taranatha’s History of Buddhism in India. 1 December by Alaka Chattopadhaya and Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya. Cārvāka/Lokāyata: An Anthology of Source Materials and Some Recent Studies. Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya & Mrinalkanti Gangopadhyaya (eds.) –

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Retrieved 10 July Evolving Perspectives on Science and History: Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya was born on 19 November in Calcutta.

He died in Calcutta on 8 May Namboodiripad in his overall appreciative review of the book criticised Chattopadhyaya for not explaining “in a sufficiently convincing way as to why Lenin thought it necessary to go to Hegel in his later years”, as evident from his Philosophical Notebooks chattopachyaya This implies the use of all relevant scientific methods and scientific knowledge in order to explain the rise of Indian philosophy and interpret its significance in the history of India.

He once again finds the philosophical development — debates and clashes — in ancient India embedded in the class struggles of the time.

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This entry has no external links. He has written this book Lokayata: Request removal from index. Endorsing the book Lokayata Joseph Needham wrote: Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya chooses the field of medicine for the purpose, because, according to him, “the only discipline that promises to be fully secular chattopadyyaya contains clear potentials of the modern understanding of natural science is medicine”.

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Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya

Indian Philosophy in Asian Philosophy. This study questioned the mainstream view that Indian philosophy’s sole concern was the concept of Brahman.

It is unmistakably a chapter in the ‘warfare of science with religion’ A ‘Broken People’ Defend Science: Dhruv Raina – – Social Epistemology 11 1: I do feel that your philological and philosophical analysis has been here a really splendid contribution.


Chattopadhyaya also tries to show in the book, how societal divisions, especially the caste system, which was enforced by the law-givers and their justificatory idealist ideologies, formed obstructions in the way of scientific development in India. At a very early stage of his life Chattopadhyaya immersed himself in the left nationalist movement by joining the Association of Progressive Writerswhich was formed in Mackenzie Brown – – Zygon 47 3: He is also known for work on history of science and scientific method in ancient Indiaespecially his book Science and Society in Ancient India on the ancient physicians Charaka and Sushruta.

Natural Science of the Ancient Hindus. Magic, Reason and Experience: The book traced the philosophical development in India from the Vedic period to later Buddhism.

He also traced “the course of development this archaic outlook eventually underwent”. His father was a supporter of India’s freedom struggle.

This book is meant to be a “guide or introduction” to Lenin’s philosophical writings. This book is about scientific method in ancient India and how societal divisions of the time shaped the development of science. Debiprasad’s approach, in contrast to his teacher, Surendranath Dasgupta, is not simply ideological, conceptual and literary, as fine a work as Dasgupta has achieved, it is bound to the idealistic viewpoint even when he uses important physical data. Being a Marxist, Chattopadhyaya’s uses the method of historical materialism to study “the ultimate material basis of the primitive deha-vada and the primitive rituals related to it” and to reveal how these could “be connected chattopadhuaya the mode of securing the material means of subsistence”.

In his writings, Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya aimed to illuminate science and materialism in ancient India, and to trace their evolution.

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For example, Ramkrishna Bhattacharya states, “Chattopadhyaya did not deny Ajita Kesakambali was a materialist, but chose to debipeasad that ‘Ajita was no less a philosopher of futility and moral collapse than the BuddhaMahaviraPurana and Pakudha [ Debiprasad’s approach here is based on anthropological and archaeological findings, in sharp contrast to the mythopoeic constructions of the revivalists and Indian philosophers following the lead of modern Western idealism.


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Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s febiprasad server Configure chattopadhhaya proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Conciliation, Conflict, or Complementarity: He made contributions to the exploration of the materialist current in ancient Indian philosophy.

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Lokayata a Study in Ancient Indian Materialism

A Study in Ancient Indian Materialism against the old fashioned conception that India was and is the land of dreamers and mystics”. RiepeReviewed Work: He notes that deblprasad book ends with “another pages of text with staggering load of argument that will make rationalists and theists alike somewhat dizzy”. Lloyd – – Philosophical Review 91 4: Debiprasad stresses the need to establish the historical account of Indian thought on the basis of an objective and scientific approach.

Commenting on Chattopadhyaya’s book DebpirasadLouis Renou wrote: Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Indian Materialism in Perspective. Andrew Gregory – – Duckworth.

He calls the book the “most deebiprasad ideological weapon” to “destroy the fiction of Indian wisdom being essentially God oriented. Padma Bhushan award recipients —