Socratic Samkhya: Dialogues in Political Philosophy

Exploring Indian and Ancient Greek Wisdom

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Dive deep into the bedrock of political philosophy with "Socratic Samkhya: Dialogues in Political Philosophy." This riveting 12-chapter journey bridges the wisdom of Ancient Greek thinkers with the foundational Indian philosophers, weaving a tapestry that spans continents and ages. As our world grows smaller and political challenges more complex, understanding the underpinnings of governance, virtue, and society is more essential than ever. Join us on a quest for knowledge where Aristotle meets the Upanishads, and Plato dialogues with the Gita. For both the neophyte and the sage, this book offers an unprecedented synthesis of political thought that inspires, educates, and provokes.

Table of Contents

1. The Cradle of Thought: Foundations
- Concepts of Polis and Rashtra
- Virtue Ethics and Dharma
- Socratic Method and Indian Logic

2. Philosophical Governance: Leaders and Thinkers
- Kingship in Aristotle and Chanakya
- Plato's Republic and Ram Rajya
- Civic Participation: Athens to Ayodhya

3. Manifestos of Justice and Statecraft
- Aristotelian Equity and the Law of Karma
- Justice: Greek Tragedy and Indian Epics
- Governance Philosophies: From Solon's Reforms to Ashoka's Edicts

4. Educating the Polity: From Academies to Ashrams
- Education in Sparta and Gurukul System
- Philosophers and Gurus as Teachers
- Lyceum Dialogues and Vedic Debates

5. Philosophical Dialogues: Debates that Shaped Empires
- Socratic Dialogues and Mahabharata Reflections
- Cross-Cultural Philosophy: Exchange of Ideas
- The Philosopher-King and the Dharmaraja

6. The Individual and the State: Searching for Harmony
- Personal Virtue versus Public Life
- Stoicism and Samkhya: Inner Freedom
- Citizenship: Rights and Responsibilities

7. Power and Ethics: Realpolitik and Rajadharma
- Machiavelli and Kautilya on Governance
- Ruling Ethically: Can Might Make Right?
- The Ethics of War: From Peloponnesian Conflict to Kurukshetra

8. Liberty and Liberation: Political and Spiritual Freedom
- Athenian Democracy and Buddhist Sangha
- Hellenistic Philosophies and Advaita Vedanta
- Freedom: Civic Spaces and Inner Awakening

9. Economies and Ethics: Resources and Righteousness
- Wealth Distribution: Socialist Ideas and Niti Shastras
- Philosophy of Work: Aristotle and the Bhagavad Gita
- Sustainability: Ancient Insights on Modern Challenges

10. The Rule of Law: Legalism and Dharmashastra
- Draco to Manu: Codification of Laws
- Jurisprudence: Socrates' Trial and Dharma Yuddha
- The Ideal State: Utopian Concepts and Practical Realities

11. Equality and Hierarchy: Philosophers on Societal Structures
- Caste and Class: Plato's Divisions and Varna System
- Rights of Individuals vs. Roles in Society
- Feminism in Ancient Philosophy: Gargi to Hypatia

12. Res Publica to Republics: The Legacy of Ancient Political Thought
- Influence on Western Political Developments
- Eastern Approaches to Contemporary Politics
- Cross-Cultural Wisdom: Lessons for Modern Governance

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