Swami Vivekananda's Vedantic Cosmopolitanism

  • Swami Vivekananda's Vedantic Cosmopolitanism
by Swami Medhananda

A very scholarly approach to the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda.

  • 412 pages, Indian hardcover
Swami Vivekananda is undoubtedly one of modern India's most influential philosophers. Unfortunately, his philosophy has too often been interpreted through reductive hermeneutic lenses. Typically, scholars have viewed him either as a modern-day exponent of Sankara's Advaita Vedanta or as a "Neo-Vedantin" influenced more by Western ideas than indigenous Indian traditions. In Swami Vivekananda's Vedāntic Cosmopolitanism, Swami Medhananda rejects these prevailing approaches to offer a new interpretation of Vivekananda's philosophy, highlighting its originality, contemporary relevance, and cross-cultural significance. Vivekananda, the book argues, is best understood as a cosmopolitan Vedantin who developed novel philosophical positions through creative dialectical engagement with both Indian and Western thinkers.

Swami Medhananda is currently a resident monk at the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood.
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