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  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591021413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591021414
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an indispensable guide to a philosophy that has received little attention in the United States." -- SirReadaLot.org, September 2004

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A revolutionary twentieth-century philosopher, M.N. Roy pushed humanist thought along a track parallel to that of the West. By the time philosopher and poet Corliss Lamont printed his PHILOSOPHY OF HUMANISM in the United States in 1949, Roy had already published NEW HUMANISM in the East two years earlier. Yet Roy remained an ignored philosophical figure in the West until well after his death. In M.N. ROY: RADICAL HUMANIST, philosopher Innaiah Narisetti presents a compelling collection of Roy's most important writings, providing new insight into the humanist's profound influence.

Roy's humanist philosophy stresses that the study of history is imperative for a proper understanding of society, deriving his principles from modern science, which is progressive and self-correcting and wears a human face. During World War II, Roy was the only Indian philosopher who saw nationalism as an antiquated cult, and he condemned communism and fascism as twin forms of irrationalism. Roy advocated a cooperative commonwealth with human values as a better alternative to the prevalent thought of the time, particularly in India.

Roy's most famous work, REASON, ROMANTICISM, AND REVOLUTION, published in 1952, named the basic urges of humans--the search for truth and the quest for freedom. Through the former, Roy argued, humans could achieve the latter. In M.N. ROY, Narisetti reproduces two important chapters, "The Way Out" and "New Humanism." Erich Fromm, author of SANE SOCIETY, admired Roy's volume so much that he paid tribute to it in his own book--albeit a year after Roy's death.

Also included in this compilation are two chapters from NEW HUMANISM, "The Failure of Philosophy" and "A New Political Philosophy," which answer the question of whether politics has a rational foundation. Many of Roy's humanist writings were published posthumously by his second wife, Ellen, and are contained in this text.

Roy's famous "Principles of Radical Democracy--Twenty-Two Theses," which concludes this collection, describes a person's place in the universe and in society. He avoids a supernatural element--a problem plaguing countries like India--denying its role in dictating moral behavior.

Although Roy developed his humanist thought in an Indian context, his writings nonetheless have broad appeal and implications. Narisetti furnishes a map to Roy's New Humanism, providing readers with an indispensable guide to a philosophy that has received little attention in the United States.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By komala venigalla on June 10, 2004
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Hitherto people thought that Humanism has emerged in the west only. But this book proves that simultaneously M.N.Roy developed Radical Humanism in the east with scientific approach. With all his experiences in world communism, M N Roy could go beyond Marxism and reached correct conclusions .Oxford publishers introduced M N Roy to the west but it all shows how Roy played key role as nationalist and then as communist.
Prometheus Books corrected the picture by indicating the later role of Roy M N as cosmopolitan humanist.This book serves great purpose for the contemporary world. The stress on morals and freedom without religion is noteworthy.Humanism derived from scientific background is the great achievement of M.N.Roy which deserves attention from the students in universities.
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