Not only Sri Aurobindo built his concept of nationalism on the foundations laid by Renan and Mazzini, his notion of cycles of human civilisation is also drawn from Herder, Fichte, and Comte et al. Writes Vishwanath Prasad Varma in The Political Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, (1960)
[He is not in the habit of mentioning names but his theory of the soul of the nation, we have seen, has remarkable Hegelian affiliations. His conception of the nation as a psychological unit is comparable to that of Renan. Aurobindo does not mention Burke but several important leaders of India like Surendranath Banerjea, Gokhale and Pal were influenced by Burke, whose ideas ...]
Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya (1988) also mentions Herder, Fichte, and Mazzini in his Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx: Integral Sociology and Dialectical
Sisir Kumar Maitra (1945) wrote, [He is not in the habit of mentioning names, but as one reads his books, one cannot fail to notice how thorough is his grasp of the great Western philosophers of the present age such as Kant, Hegel, Spencer, and Bergson.]
Thus, it's important to study some basics of Westen philosophy in order to evaluate and appreciate Sri Aurobindo better. Not only philosophy or psychology but also plays and poetry. The following review highlights this crucial aspect.
[Sri Aurobindo and European Philosophy | Auroville
Wilfried Huchzermeyer, in his book Sri Aurobindo and European Philosophy, investigates these questions. The book not only studies the visions of the ancient Greek philosophers such as Heraclitus, Plato and Plotinus, but also those of Schelling and Hegel and the 20th century philosophers Nietzsche, Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin, Gebser and Whitehead. Huchzermeyer does not confine himself to his own research but also uses comparative studies and critiques of others such as S.K. Maitra, R. Safranski, F.J. Korom and K.D. Sethna. He shows how closely Sri Aurobindo’s thought is related to European philosophy and how Sri Aurobindo took up some basic approaches and deepened them in the light of his larger vision, as well as influencing the thought of...]
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