The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore
AbstractThis paper aims to provide a comprehensive analytic perspective on Rabindranath Tagore as a thinker, taking on board his views on metaphysics and mysticism, as well as on more down-to-earth matters such as political theory and gender relations. Starting with Tagoreâ€™s well-known debate with Einstein over the nature of truth, it pinpoints the specific traits of his metaphysical idealism, refuting rival interpretations like that of William Radice. The question of Tagoreâ€™s mysticism and his connection with the Bauls of Bengal is next considered in the light of the psychoanalytic theories of Sudhir Kakar. The connection between Tagoreâ€™s metaphysics and his brand of feminism is explored. Finally, Tagoreâ€™s critique of nationalism is explored in the light of Ashis Nandyâ€™s ideas, and by making a comparative study of Tagore and Nietzsche.
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