Foundation of Civilisation - Ideas and Ideals

Foundation of Civilisation - Ideas and Ideals

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Author: S Radhakrishnan
Publisher: Vision/Orient Paperbacks
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 112
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8122200524


Dr Radhakrishnan is immensely readable for reasons more than one. He spells out India’s ancient wisdom in modern idiom. The other-worldly philosophy and mundane science find a unique synthesizer in him. He does not sermonize, but urges the readers to pursue, discover and see truth face to face. His words enlighten the path towards a rational, balanced and meaningful life for one and all. His message focuses on the youth, in universities and colleges, help dispel the clouds of doubt and cynicism enveloping the academic world. He is able to revive the eternal values in the present context and re-establish the foundation of enduring human civilization.

The essays published in the book are largely based on Dr Radhakrishnan’s speeches to the university audiences, specially the students, in pre-independent India. Yet these do not red dated, and remain meaningful even today.


Ideas build civilizations. Ideals provide vitality and freedom to propel civilizations to greatness. From Plato to Gandhi, Cicero to Lincoln, great ideas have been impressing the minds and conscience of the people, setting afire their imagination, motivating them to rise to new heights, to seek newer means of endeavour, to tread new paths towards greatness and accomplishment.

In these thought-provoking essays Dr Radhakrishnan explores the power of ideals and ideals which shape growth and of the propel human civilization forward.

Radhakrishnan belongs to that rare class of scholars who command equal respect and readership in the East and the West.
-Times of India



Developing the Higher Mind-Its Conscience and Its Ideals

Culture of the Soul-Freedom of the Mind

Essence of Education-Developing an Adventurous Mind

Essence of Education-The Power of Ideas

Art of Living Together

Justice and Equality-The Great Moral Issues

Liberty and Freedom-Personal and Social

Intellectual Integrity

Intellectual Conscience

The Text of Civilised Life

The True Spirit of Religion

The Spiritual Mind