Foundation of Civilisation: Ideas and Ideals - Dr. S Radhakrishnan

Foundation of Civilisation: Ideas and Ideals

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.


Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) is widely acknowledged as a major interpreter of Indian philosophical and religious tradition to the West. He was also a statesman of distinction who served as President of India.

Starting his career at the Madras Presidency College in 1909, he was appointed Prof. of Philosophy in the University of Mysore in 1918. Three years later, he was appointed to the prestigious King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science in the University of Calcutta.

The years from 1936 to 1948 saw Radhakrishnan assume many responsibilities — the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University, Fellow of the British Academy, Vice-Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University, Chancellor, University of Delhi among others.

In May 1962 he took office as the President of India.

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