Turning the Mirror: A View From the East: A Conversation with Pankaj Mishra

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Open Agenda Publishing, Oct 1, 2020 - History

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and award-winning writer Pankaj Mishra.They discuss several of Pankaj’s books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and An End To Suffering: The Buddha In The World, and his motivations behind them. 

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Weight of History, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. A Different Perspective - Unknown intellectuals and overlooked worldviews

II. Demanding a Response - Reacting to an existential challenge

III. Inseparable Factors? - Capitalism, imperialism and modernity

IV. East and West - A meaningful distinction?

V. Discovering Buddhism - Transcending false stereotypes

VI. Personal Examinations - Growing up Western in the East

VII. At an Impasse - The end of an experiment

VIII. Learning From the Past - The benefits of increased historical understanding

About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: 

This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).


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The Conversation
A Different Perspective
Demanding a Response
Inseparable Factors?
East and West
Discovering Buddhism
Personal Examinations
At an Impasse
Learning From the Past

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About the author (2020)

Howard Burton, the founder and creator of Ideas Roadshow and Ideas on Film, holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. He was the Founding Executive Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) from 1999-2007. During his time at PI, he also developed an extensive outreach programme for teachers, students and the general public. His experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of the institute were described in the book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

Ideas Roadshow is an award-winning initiative, recipient of the London Book Fair International Excellence Award in 2018. Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 of the world’s brightest thinkers, including 3 Nobel Laureates, across the arts, sciences, sports and games.

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