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Satya Nilayam
Articles in Philosophy

Philosophy begins in wonder. It entails a search for meaning--to see oneself in relation to the divine and the cosmos. The articles below are the fruits of the labours of some budding philosophers. You may find these insights into the depth dimension of reality useful in your own search for meaning.

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Education seeks to help an individual live a balanced life. Dewey's system of education focuses on the children who are in the 'centre'. His method is not directly concerned with the people who are marginalized, poor etc. In contrast, Freire's views are centered around the people who are on the 'periphery' and those who are marginalized. A synthesis of critical enquiry into reality which was supported by Dewey and bringing awareness about the reality through conscientization just as Freire did, will enrich our educational system.

Many answers exist to the question of personality. In fact, every theory of personality can be viewed as an attempt to define personality and these definitions differ markedly from one another. Here, I shall discuss here about three concerns of personality theory, defining personality in general, personality from personhood, the subjective nature of personality theories, and finally on dimensions for a concept of humanity.

The fundamental emphasis of this paper is an attempt to depict the concept of liberation according to two Indian schools of thought, one representing the heterodox, i.e. Jainism, and Vaisesika, on the other hand, an orthodox system.

In this paper, I make an attempt to show the interrelation between ethics and economics. I firmly believe that economics cannot be value-free. It has to follow ethical principles for its smooth functioning. Only money doesn't count, ethics also pays. Honesty and concern for humanity are equally important. I wish to put forward my arguments in the context of today's globalized world and especially in the context of the liberalized India.

This paper attempts to capture the essence of both, the thought and the person of Teilhard, the missionary and the apologist. It attempts to show Teilhard grappling with the mysteries of the universe and the Christian revelation, achieving a synthesis of the two.

Having seriously doubted the validity of many established diagnostic and treatment method, Carl Rogers propounds person-centred therapy which is an outstanding contribution. He wishes to establish a personal relationship between a therapist and a client and accompany him/her closely without interference. We shall look at Carl Rogers's conceptual orientation, guiding norms, and path-paving achievements in the following pages.

In this paper, I make an attempt to understand Periyar, his philosophy and his values. It deals with Periyar's powerful philosophy-the Self-Respect Movement and describes the birth and present situation of Dravida Kazhagam. It also discusses the context of the present political situation of India, particularly in Tamil Nadu.

According to the latest statistics available, there are 16.3 millions Sikhs in India. They are the fourth largest religious group in our country. I want to know more about Guru Nanak's idea of God and philosophy. My desire is that this paper provides an opportunity to know more about this youngest religion of the world.

Rousseau is one of those philosophers who has been greatly misunderstood. Many have criticized his philosophy as being totally outdated and not much applicable in today's situation. But this seems paradoxical as Rousseau has also been a person who has had a great influence in the field of education. If not his method, then other methods fashioned on his philosophy have been introduced in different fields of education. This paper studies the relevance of these methods for our time.

The more we become aware of the importance of the feminine in the society, the more we become aware of our human identity. The path of feminism has not been smooth, but rough and stormy. The journey has revealed that feminism influences every sphere of human existence. This detailed study is conducive in understanding the feminist process in the world in a deeper way, with an emphasis on Simone de Beauvoir's existential feminism and a special reference to Indian feminism.

In this work I present the need to study communication as a theory and especially mass media communication. I then move on to the realm of philosophy of communication and narrow down to existential communication especially that of Karl Jaspers, a German existential philosopher.

The Northeast of late, has come to the limelight and media attention because of the movements for autonomy, in some cases demanded for independence. The ethnic movements in the Northeast are in a way very complex. The main thrust of the paper is the search for the identity, which has led to violence in the Northeastern states of India.

This paper attempts to see how Ambedkar was responsible for demolishing the caste structure in society. In general it deals with the abolition of caste and creation of a new society. It also answers the question why Ambedkar chose Buddhism, why conversion, and why he called upon other Dalits to embrace Buddhism. The vision of Ambedkar of a new society based on the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity is also highlighted.

At a time when hatred, divisions and narrow-mindedness have plagued our country and the world, Rabindranath Tagore stands as a symbol of peace and universal fellowship. His religious fervour and insights could be the answer to our troubled world. My attempt to understand Tagore's vision of religion is to have a personal experience of God, to deepen my faith in God and thus grow as a religious person.

In this study I have tried to unravel the thought pattern of Frantz Fanon and grasp from his writings the colonial situation with his central thesis 'emancipation through violence'. In the ensuing pages an attempt has been made to understand the colonial situation, its effects on the people of Africa.

Ambedkar is one of the few Indian leaders whose work attracts the scholars of today. The topic of this dissertation may appear simple but at the same time it is very important in the Indian context. I am confident that my dissertation can deepen the understanding of "Ambedkar's Critique of the Indian Social System."

Untouchability is one of the major problems of our country. It has its roots in the Indian society that is based on the caste system. The castes are further divided into sub-castes. The people of the lowest caste are treated untouchables. An attempt is made in this paper to present Ambedkar's view on untouchability.

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