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Cross-Cultural Conversation

A New Way of Learning, 1st Edition

By Anindita N. Balslev

Routledge India

188 pages

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This book proposes a radical shift in the way the world thinks about itself by highlighting the significance of cross-cultural conversations. Moving beyond conventional boundaries, it examines the language in which histories are written; analyses how scientific technology is changing the idea of identity; and highlights the need for a larger identity across nationality, race, religion, gender, ethnicity and class. It asks for a concerted effort to engaging each other in open conversational forums on a range of global issues, altering our attitudes towards self and the other, and unlearning prejudices that perpetuate divisive identities.

The book also explores critical themes such as political actions, solidarity-in-diversity, clash of social identities, tensions between nationalism and globalism, the quest for global peace and authentic meeting of world religions. Further, it discusses the evolving connection between science and religion, focusing on key philosophical ideas that have permeated the Indian cultural soil.

The book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of philosophy, religious studies, science and technology studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Karan Singh


Why This Book?

On the Idea of CCC

Chapter One

Cross Cultural Conversation as a New Way 0f Learning

Chapter Two

Cultural Diversity and the Quest for a Larger Identity in our Time

Chapter Three

Creative Tensions Between Nationalism and Globalism

Chapter Four

Living in a Multi-Religious World in an Age of Science

(a) On Religious Identity and Religious Diversity

(b) Science-Religion ‘Samvada’ and the Indian Cultural Heritage

Chapter Five

Imagining Soft Boundaries


About the Author

Anindita N. Balslev is an independent philosopher based in India and Denmark. Her research and teaching experience span across India, France, USA and Denmark. She is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and is on the board of the journals World Affairs and Zygon. She had earlierserved on the board of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS/ DOSER). She has been awarded scholarship by the Government of France, two fellowships from Denmark, and recently Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, New Delhi. She received her postgraduate degree from Calcutta University and PhD from the University of Paris.

Apart from many papers in professional journals, she is the author of A Study of Time in Indian Philosophy (1983; 2019); Cultural Otherness: Correspondence with Richard Rorty (2000); The Enigma of I-Consciousness (2013); and A Bouquet of Fourteen Essays: On Indian Philosophical Themes (2019). She has organized several important CCC international conferences and is the editor of Cross-Cultural Conversation: Initiation (1996); Toward Greater Human Solidarity (2005); On India: Self Image and Counter Image (2013); On World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension (2014); and the co-editor of Religion and Time (1993) and of Compassion in the Religions of the World (2009).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY / Political
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies