Foundation of Civilisation: Ideas and Ideals

Foundation of Civilisation: Ideas and Ideals

Dr. S Radhakrishnan
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Ideas build civilisations, Ideals provide vitality and freedom to propel civilisations 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 ideas and ideals which shape growth and propel the human civilisation forward.


Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) is universally recognized as modern India's greatest philosopher. He was also a statesman of distinction, and even compared to Plato's ideal of the philosopher-king.

After a brilliant academic career, he taught at a number of Indian and foreign universities, including at Oxford University, where he was the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics, before being appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Benaras Hindu University. From 1962 to 1967 he was the President of India.

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