A Religious Biography

By Robert N. Minor

Subjects: Hindu Studies
Paperback : 9780887065552, 189 pages, September 1987
Hardcover : 9780887065545, 189 pages, September 1987

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Table of contents



Chapter One From Tirutani to Philosophy

Chapter Two The Budding Philosopher

Chapter Three "Vedanta" as Interpreter of the Tradition

Chapter Four "Hinduism" and Philosophy East and West

Chapter Five Universities as the Means to a New World

Chapter Six Religion in an Age of Crisis

Chapter Seven Interpreter of the New Republic

Chapter Eight In Office with Nehru

Chapter Nine The Religion of the Spirit and Politics

Chapter Ten Conclusions


Chronological Bibliography of Radhakrishnan's Publications

Bibliography of Secondary Literature



It is the thought of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan that is most often presented in the West as "Hinduism. " He was a remarkable man. In addition to having been President of India while Nehru was Prime Minister, and the Indian Ambassador to the Soviet Union, he held the Spaulding Chair of Comparative Religion and Ethics at Oxford University. And he continues to be a culture hero of India.

Radhakrishnan's thought developed in the context of his full life. Robert Minor places his thought in that context. His book traces the influences on him and the growth of his thought from his birth in Tirutani to his retirement to Madras.

The book contains a complete bibliography of Radhakrishnan's writings and of the secondary literature.


"The author has filled a gap that has existed in Radhakrishnan studies for a long time. The book serves as a very good introduction to Radhakrishnan's life and thought, and one gets a clear picture of his evolution as a thinker. " — Ishwar C. Harris

"Minor provides a comprehensive look at Radhakrishnan from the vantage point of the religious dimensions of his work. It is done with thoroughness, and the reader is able to encounter the entire range of Radhakrishnan's reflections. " — Austin B. Creel

"This book covers a broad range of literature and is an entrance to all of the relevant primary and secondary material on Radhakrishnan. Particularly striking is the manner in which Minor sees Radhakrishnan's use of such terms as 'democracy,' 'secularism,' and 'socialism' as religious categories in his thought. " — Robert D. Baird