Authored by K. Sankaran
Director, Justice KS Hegde Institute of Management, NITTE, India
Volume II, Issue 2 | November 29, 2021
This paper reveals how the categories and causal principles that are held valid in the world today, the methods influencing the fields within which humans operate, the means of the inquiry process, the theories of action, sociality and specialisations, and the entire design of knowledge systems are all driven by Western scholarship. The Indic impulse with its higher-order personal disposition towards action and sociality, therefore, is crowded out, forcing a certain dysfunctional materialist orientation in the name of practicality, action orientation and sociality. Besides, it also limits the range of actions and mutuality that can potentially be achieved by those who possess native Indian sensibilities but are schooled in the Western manner. The intellect thus conditioned restricts, among others, what individuals can expect from themselves, the possibilities of action, and the design of institutions. The paper shows that by seeking a consciousness-based approach to human affairs, much positive energy can be released, where potentialities can be actualized rather than be restricted by the competitive materialist orientation fostered by Western-designed knowledge systems.
Keywords: Indic Knowledge, Indic Knowledge Theory, Indic Knowledge System, Indian Knowledge System, Indic Action Theory
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