Put together to honour one of the most influential philosophers in recent times, Mrinal Miri, this book brings together articles on philosophy, politics, literature and society, and updates the status of enquiry in each of these fields. In his philosophical writings, Miri has broken the stranglehold that early training has on academics and written on a range of themes and areas, including analytical philosophy, political philosophy, tribal identity, ethics and, more recently, an abiding engagement with the ideas of Gandhi.

The articles in this volume mirror some of Miri’s concerns and philosophical interests, but go beyond the format of a festschrift, as they seek to enhance and restate themes in moral philosophy, ethics, questions of identity, Gandhi’s philosophy, and offer a fresh perspective on themes such as secularism, religion and politics.

chapter 1|10 pages

Philosophies of Path and Purpose

ByJonardon Ganeri

chapter 2|14 pages

Philosophy as Poetry and Conversation

ByMichael McGhee

chapter 3|18 pages

On Hating One's Own Children

BySanil V

chapter 4|17 pages

Notes towards the Definition of 'Identity'

ByAKeel Bilgrami

chapter 5|28 pages

Does Kant Hold that Ought Implies Can?

ByShyam Ranganathan

chapter 6|22 pages

Kant on the Sublime: The Subject and the Question of Difference

ByUdaya Kumar

chapter 7|20 pages

Virtue Ethics as Virtue Metaphysics

ByBijoy H. Boruah

chapter 8|13 pages

On Quiet Conversation: Ethics and the Art of Self-Conversation

BySundar Sarukkai

chapter 10|23 pages

Ahimsa and the Metaphysics of Non-violence

ByLeela Gandhi

chapter 12|22 pages

Secularism and the Devout: A Gandhian Reading

ByBindu Puri

chapter 13|12 pages

Moral Choices: Gandhi and Weber on Capitalism and Conscience

ByT. N. Madan

chapter 14|16 pages

Engaging Modernity

BySaurabh Dube

chapter 15|16 pages

Secular State and Religious Education: The Debate in India

ByRajeev Bhargava

chapter 16|31 pages

Resilience without Partisanship? The Puzzle of India's Democracy

BySubrata K. Mitra

chapter 17|52 pages

Imagining Incommensurables: The Hindu Rashtra and the Indian Nation

ByJyotirmaya Sharma