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The book presents the findings of a research study that explore the impact of the socio-economic and living conditions of migrant construction workers on the health and education of their children across the cities of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Pune. It presents information about governmental policies and schemes, as well as the insights of several earlier researches in a simple and succinct manner.

 

 

 

 

 

This manual was written as a response to the growing issue of substance abuse among school children. It aims at providing guidelines for teachers to identify and assist children who are using or abusing substances, and to initiate measures to protect and prevent other students from experimenting with substances. Written primarily for teachers, the manual could also prove useful to parents and any other caretakers. It gives critical information regarding substance abuse and provides tips to tackle related problems. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book is a textbook of Medieval Philosophy published as part of a series of philosophy manuals that are due to be published over the course of four years (2017-2020). The book is the fruit of the author’s long experience of teaching Medieval philosophy. His experiences taught him what students look for in a philosophical course and how they respond to the matter offered. This in turn, helped him design this textbook to suit the needs of academic requirement and student’s interest. Thus, one will find in these pages a carefully constructed course on Medieval Western Philosophy beginning from the rise of Christian thinking to William of Ockham. The important figures during this period are devoted special attention. The author provides a succinct analysis of the key ideas and contributions made by each of these stalwarts and concludes with a fitting conclusion, a brief bibliography as well as some questions for reflection and discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The importance of signs cannot be underestimated since they play a very significant role in our lives. They are as essential to us as water is to fish. We are surrounded by signs; they are found in nature, culture, religion, and every possible dimension of human living. This book attempts to shine a light on John Poinsot’s (a 17th century Dominican) incisive contribution to the field of Semiotics, particularly in the delicate transition from the late-Latin Age to Modernity. Besides presenting Poinsot’s ‘Doctrine of Signs,’ the book highlights the recovery of this forgotten treasure by John Deely (a contemporary semiotician) and proposes a new realism for the 21st century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interconnectedness of all things on Earth means that everything we do has consequences that reverberate through the systems of which we are a part. When we truly imbibe this understanding, we will recover the sense of responsibility that it entails. Green Mind over Grey Matter traces the understanding of Biodiversity as it has been developing, evolving and even being abused through the ages, and seeks to unravel the complex and mysterious relationships shared between Biodiversity and Human Life. The approach is the one traced out by Vandana Shiva and follows her writings on Ecology and Environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Ambedkar’s social philosophy emerged as a response to the struggle for liberation of the backward classes of his time, namely the Shudras and the Untouchables. He could not tolerate the unjust environment—social, economic, political and religious—which had been holding humanity in fetters for centuries. During his revolt, he developed a sort of socio-humanistic philosophy which continued to flourish in his own lifetime and even later.

The book is an attempt to understand Ambedkar’s insights into ‘Social Humanism’ and his valuable contribution towards the creation of a new social order. The book suggests that it is in creating a humanistic vision that we live in the whole of reality, and that only a humanistic vision of reality can bring harmony into our social living. One will find this quest being fulfilled to a great extent in the socio-humanistic insights of Ambedkar.

 

 

 

 

 

The Transcendent by nature is beyond our reach and yet we strive to understand and attain it. This book Religion as Self Transcendence, seeks to study ‘Religion’ and the Religious attitude in the writings of Louis Dupré, a Catholic phenomenologist and religious philosopher. The present study closely examines and critically evaluates Dupré’s concept of Self Transcendence and the path to transcendence. Dupré says that the final synthesis needs to be arrived at by using his writings as building blocks from which we can construct an edifice. This book is one such attempt.

 

 

 

 

 

This book is an effort to spell out the rich implications of Levinas’ philosophy for social justice and right relations among men and women. The author reflects on the relevance of Levinas’ noteworthy and novel contribution to philosophical discourse form the perspective of the twin evils of racism and casteism. Levinas insists on the asymmetrical relation between the self and the immediate Other, wherein the self is called to assume ethical responsibility for the Other in a non-reciprocal way. He suggests that it is ethics that prompts justice, not the other way around. The book makes the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas very relevant for the psychological, philosophical, political, economic and social praxis of India.

 

 

 

 

 

This book is a collection of essays by the renowned Indologist, Richard De Smet on the topic of ‘personhood’ in Indian thought. Overturning the popular interpretation, De Smet proposes that the nirguṇa Brahman can be regarded as properly personal, provided the term ‘person’ is understood in the original and classical sense that emerged in the Christian effort to speak about the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation. The rendering of saguṇa and nirguṇa Brahman as personal and impersonal, instead, originated with the Western translators of Sanskrit works, who were influenced by an individualistic idea of the person and the consequent restriction of its application to the human being. De Smet also dedicated attention to the question of the human person in Indian and Western thought over a number of essays, proposing that a properly holistic and organic notion of the human person can be found especially in the thought of Śaṅkara.

 

 

 

 

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In Nurturing Presence: A Spirituality for Educators, Based on the Pedagogical Insights of Don Bosco and Carl Rogers  Kenneth Pereira delves into the meaning of 'spirituality' and then points out in what sense Don Bosco's and Carl Rogers' approaches to education could be regarded as 'spirituality'... and a spirituality for educators, at that!

The common platform on which Bosco and Rogers are brought together is the high premium that both of them place on the 'nurturing presence' of the educator--with varying emphases--in the life of the educand. In the final chapter, the author takes a critical look at the views of both protagonists and shows how various insights from one can supplement and enrich the other, leading to a rich (though cautious) synthesis.

 

 

 

 

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'Brahman and Person' is a collection of fourteen essays by the late Richard De Smet, SJ (1916-1997) on the topic of person in Indian thought. Overturning the current interpretation, De Smet proposes that the nirguṇa Brahman can be regarded as properly personal, provided person is understood in the original and classical sense that emerged in the Christian effort to speak about the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation. Instead, the rendering of saguṇa and nirguṇa Brahman as personal and impersonal originated with the Western translators of Sanskrit works, who were influenced by an individualistic idea of the person and the consequent restriction of its application to the human being.

This collection of essays by an eminent Indologist constitutes an important contribution not only to Indological studies but also to cross-cultural and interreligious dialogue.

 

 

 

 

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'Keeping the Faith' is a Festschrift offered to Joaquim D’Souza, SDB on his 70th birthday and the golden jubilee of his first religious profession in the Salesian Society of Don Bosco. Fr D’Souza, who specializes in medieval Western philosophy and the thought of Jacques Maritain, is the founding principal of Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik – India, and the founder of Divyadaan: Journal of Philosophy and Education. This Festschrift is a homage to the passion, commitment and competence of a revered teacher and man of faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Revolution of Tenderness’ is a collection of inspiring articles written and compiled by the Mph students of the year 2015-2016 as a souvenir for the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy. The various articles encompass aspects such as need for compassion, power to genuine, active listening and amplify examples of magnanimity and the logic of justice and peace. This book urges the young readers to practice the qualities of mercy, compassion, forgiveness and genuineness in their daily lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Critical Understanding of Social Communication is a textbook for media education. It examines media’s underlying assumptions, values, hidden agendas, complexities, concerns, and relevance. If you’re looking to develop a sound understanding of the media and its mode of functioning, look no further. This book is a handy text that will enhance your capacity to look at media critically and creatively. It is the second of a 3-volume series entitled ‘Communication for Pastoral Leadership’ for the formation of pastoral personnel in social communications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book presents a way that demonstrates the relevance of communication to self-knowledge, the need to overcome biases and improve personal relationships in order to attain Communion with Others and the Divine. The book seeks to answer questions like: How does a process of communication take place within a person? Is the context of communication important for the communication process? What role do biases play in our communication? Can the communication between God and human beings be mutual?

 

 

 

 

 

In a world that is characterized by an intense dependence on technology and a growing interaction among people of different ethnic, cultural and religious affinities, the contribution of religion to such a world is disputed by some. Today the religious and mystical experiences in the diverse religious traditions have become topics of much interest and scholarly concern and study. Professor R. C. Zaenher and Bede Griffiths have made pioneering contributions to the study of religions and mysticism. The present study analyzes, compares and critically evaluates their approaches to the mystical tradition within Hinduism.

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Lonergan’s notion of the ‘universal viewpoint’ is an unpopular topic. This study shows Lonergan’s approach to be a complex blend of dialectic and dialogue that has much to offer to a discourse on transcultural issues. The author shows how this notion of a universal viewpoint is an important hermeneutical tool. Using the Thomist notion of wisdom as a key for interpretation, the book traces the flowering of the universal viewpoint into a mature theological method.

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