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Decolonizing Consciousness
Reclaiming the Indian Psychology of Well-being

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ISBN 9781032160900
March 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
176 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The book intertwines several strands of scholarship in Indian Philosophy, contemporary psychology and the lived Indian psychological practice inclusive of yoga, advaita, tantra and bhakti to engage in an exploration of consciousness, cognitive science and philosophy.

The book examines the characteristics of consciousness by situating it in the historical and cultural contexts of Euro-American as well as Asian, particularly Indian philosophical tradition like the Bhakti tradition and creative living. It considers methodological issues and how, various disciplines—biology, Indian philosophy and cognitive neuroscience has shone a particular light on understanding consciousness. The volume decolonizes the understanding of the concept while accounting for the diverse strands which along with the traditional philosophical frameworks in the Indian context have given us a unique understanding of the mind, psychology, cognition and philosophy of the mind.

This book will be of interest to students, teachers, and scholars of psychology, consciousness studies, cognitive science, philosophy, social psychology, yoga studies, and yoga psychology. It will also be useful for yoga professionals, social workers, therapists, and anyone who is interested to learn about consciousness.

Table of Contents

1.Consciousness and Three Perspectives 2. Consciousness and fallacies of Cognition'3. Comparing Philosophies of Science: Researching consciousness 4. Models of Mind and Models of Consciousness 5. The Reality: Body, Senses and Cognition 6. Yogis losing self-awareness? Consciousness, Self and Survival Threat 7. Models of Consciousness and Affects: Indian Models of Rasa, Vairagya, and Bhavana 8. Can There be a no-mind? Laya, Rajayoga, Aalaya Vijnana 9. Varieties of Well-being: Mind-Senses-Body-Environment

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Shilpa Ashok Pandit is Associate Professor, School of Arts and Science, Ahmedabad University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, India