Meditations of Global First Philosophy

Quest for the Missing Grammar of Logos

By Ashok K. Gangadean

Subjects: Philosophy, Hindu Studies, Comparative Philosophy, Religion, Ethics
Series: SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions
Paperback : 9780791476062, 328 pages, July 2009
Hardcover : 9780791476055, 328 pages, October 2008

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Table of contents

Prescript: The Missing Global Evolutionary Drama

Preface: The Emergence of Global Logos: The Awakening

Part 1. The Emergence of Global First Philosophy
Prologue: Quest for the Missing Grammar of Global Logos

Part 2. Explorations in Global First Philosophy
Introduction: Entering the Space of Global First Philosophy


1. The Quest for the Universal Global Science

2. Logos as the Infinite Primal Word: The Global Essence of Language

3. Logos and the Global Mind: The Awakening Story

4. The Emergence of Logos in Classical Greek Thought

5. Logos and the Dialogical Turn: Dialogical Awakening in the Global Evolution of Cultures

6. The Continuing Quest for Primal Knowledge

7. Logos as the Foundation of Global Ethics: Dialogical Awakening as the Key to Global Ethics

8. Meditative Reason and the Holistic Turn to Global Philosophy

9. Meditative Reason and the Missing Logic of Logos

10. Logos of Tao: The Primal Logic of Translatability

11. Nagarjuna and the End of Global Suffering


Traces the roots of logos in different cultural milieux.


In Meditations of Global First Philosophy, Ashok K. Gangadean builds on decades of research on the emergence of global reason to trace the roots of logos in different cultural milieux. Gangadean crosses into the uncharted frontier of global consciousness, global wisdom, and global first philosophy to illustrate that there is a primal force—a global logos—that is the generative source of our diverse worldviews, cultures, religions, philosophies, perspectives, and disciplinary orientations.

Ashok K. Gangadean is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Haverford College and the Founder and Director of the Global Dialogue Institute. He is the author of Between Worlds: The Emergence of Global Reason and Meditative Reason: Toward Universal Grammar.


"The author has the courage and commitment to take on an issue of tremendous philosophical importance, despite the fact that postmodernism has not only made the topic unfashionable, but branded it morally repugnant as well. " — Douglas W. Shrader, coauthor of Pathways to Philosophy: A Multidisciplinary Approach