Monday, October 31, 2016
Eastern influence swayed Hegel and Heidegger
Harman draws his framework from Heidegger's fourfold that he spoke of in 1949. No doubt, this was the result of his encounter with Chinese philosophy. Interestingly, Sri Aurobindo is engaged in writing, what can be called, some extensions of The Life Divine, at that time. In his famous taxonomic exercise, Sri Aurobindo, too, brings out a four fold structure of Consciousness set in Evolution. And it may not be very difficult to adjust Heidegger's fourfold to them. But the reluctance of professors, who zealously guard their turf, prevents such a breakthrough.
Silika's PhD dissertation on OOO also coincides with publication of Hegel's India, co-authored by Rimina. Heidegger's ambivalent encounter with Chinese philosophy is also similar to Hegel's imperfect grasp of Indian scriptures. But there is no denying of the fact that their philosophy was moulded and modified by the Eastern encounter. Unfortunately, these aspects are cleverly suppressed by commentators which, actually, deserve deeper investigation. Although, the name of Sri Aurobindo has been introduced in both the works, let's hope that Sri Aurobindo will find greater acceptability in future enterprises overarching Hegel to Harman.
So, though it is difficult to break the two-cultures divide in metaphysics, the scenario in ethics seems promising. A book like Negotiating Capability and Diaspora: A Philosophical Politics by Ashmita Khasnabish, is a case in point, where we find concerns merge transcending geographical barrier. How Sri Aurobindo supplements where Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum stop is an interesting, and at the same time, compelling formulation. Further, this is in keeping with Sri Aurobindo's agenda of a World Union. [TNM55]
... because without a root in transcendental philosophical norm, we sometimes tend to become beastly and egocentric. In this regard, I would like to refer to the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo, whose theory of human civilization and transformation intersects to a certain extent with the theories of John Rawls and Amartya ...In addition, feminist philosopher Martha Nussbaum plays a major role in the book as do the literary writers of diaspora."