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Spiritual Liberation and Human Freedom in Contemporary Asia


Joseph Mitsuo Kitagawa and Werner H. Kelber

This volume tries to present a non-technical, jargon-free narrative, based on the author's lectures at Rice University, on the not-so-readily apparent mental and spiritual universe of peoples in contemporary Asia, who are caught between their inherited cultural and religious traditions and their current aspirations for economic security as well as political and human freedom. Like it or not, peoples in Asia have been influenced both negatively and positively, by Western thoughts and civilizations, especially in reference to such notions as freedom, human dignity, democracy, etc., during the past four decades or so. Now that the day of Western colonialism is over, peoples in Asia are determined to reconcile some of the legacies of the modern West, which provide «revolutionary impulse», with certain features of their inherited «traditions».
Contents: Historic encounter of East and West - Contemporary Asians' double orientations toward «revolution» and «tradition», and their effort to reconcile inherited traditions and some of the legacies of the modern West.