As a response to Gopal Guru and Sundar Sarukkai’s book The Cracked Mirror, Sanil’s essay explores the relation between ethics and the social sciences. The essay engages the work of Kant, Aristotle, Martin Heidegger, and Michel Foucault, among others, to make its argument. The Cracked Mirror, Sanil claims, makes a strong plea to take Indian philosophy and theory seriously, and it comes closest to an ethics of theory when it asserts that the task of theory is not merely to explain or interpret but to intensify experience.

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