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Aurobindo Ghose (1872–1950)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F076-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Aurobindo Ghose was a leading Indian nationalist at the beginning of the twentieth century who became a yogin and spiritual leader as well as a prolific writer (in English) on mysticism, crafting a mystic philosophy of Brahman (the Absolute or God). Aurobindo fashioned an entire worldview, a system intended to reflect both science and religion and to integrate several concerns of philosophy – epistemology, ontology, psychology, ethics – into a single vision. Of particular importance to his cosmological thinking was evolutionary biology. But Aurobindo also understood the fundamental nature of matter to include – for metaphysical reasons – an ‘evolutionary nisus’ that ensures the emergence of individuals capable of mystical experience in which the supreme reality, Brahman, is revealed.

Citing this article:
Phillips, Stephen H.. Aurobindo Ghose (1872–1950), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F076-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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