Reading Rawls in India | Humanities & Social Sciences

Reading Rawls in India

What does it mean to read the work of John Rawls in India? I argue that we should read his oeuvre, and the Western philosophical tradition, as speaking directly to us.
How should philosophers in India approach the work of John Rawls? I argue against the view that his work should be regarded as exclusively within the domain of 'Western philosophy', which needs some distinctive process of translation and contextualization in order to speak to 'Indian conditions'. I also question the idea that 'Indian political philosophy' should be seen as an autonomous discipline with roots specifically in the Indian past.
Published in Sambhasan, Vol 2:4, special issue on John Rawls, 'Rawlsian Engagements with Difference: Postcolonial Reflections'
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