Hinduism - Who Was Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan?


Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888–1975) Indian philosopher and politician of the modern era.

Radhakrishnan, like many other wealthy Indians of his period, attended Christian missionary schools, and the difference between his Hindu upbringing and the Christian ideology he learned at school prompted his interest in comparative philosophy.

He spent the remainder of his life as a translator and advocate for traditional Hindu thinking, notably the Vedanta school, as well as a proponent of philosophical idealism, the belief that ultimate truth may be discovered only via intuition.

He served as vice president of India from 1952 to 1962 and as president from 1962 to 1967, in addition to his career as a college professor and administrator.

See his An Idealist View of Life, 1981; Paul A. Schilpp, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's Philosophy, 1952; and Robert N. Minor, "Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and 'Hinduism' Defined and Defended," in Robert D. Baird (ed. ), Religion in Modern India, 1998.

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