Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 1888 1975
As an academic, philosopher, and statesman, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888 1975) was one of the most recognized and influential Indian thinkers in academic circles in the 20th century. Throughout his life and extensive writing career, Radhakrishnan sought to define, defend, and promulgate his religion, a religion he variously identified as Hinduism, Vedanta, and the religion of the Spirit. He sought to demonstrate that his Hinduism was both philosophically coherent and ethically viable. Radhakrishnans concern for experience and his extensive knowledge of the Western philosophical and literary traditions has earned him the reputation of being a bridgebuilder between India and the West. He often appears to feel at home in the Indian as well as the Western philosophical contexts, and draws from both Western and Indian sources throughout his writing. Because of this, Radhakrishnan has been held up in academic circles as a representative of Hinduism to the West. His lengthy writing career and his many published works have been influential in shaping the Wests understanding of Hinduism, India, and the East.