The objective of this book is to provide a theory of selfless ethical love in the context of our technological age with logical clarity. Its first part discusses various basic issues concerning the logic of ethics. It argues that ethics is not non-cognitive, not a priori transcendental, not subjective, and not relative: it is possible to have empirical scientific moral and spiritual knowledge. The second part of the book discusses mainly the problem of the ultimate goal of human life, dealing briefly with various other basic issues of ethics in the course of the discussions. It argues that the classical Indian theory of liberation does provide some profound empirical scientific theory of a life of perfect enlightened selfless ethical love which constitutes the essence of a liberated life, the ultimate goal of life. It argues about the fundamental ethical unity and truth of all great religions and agrees with Gandhi's view that modern civilization is fundamentally an irreligious false civilization in the sense that selfless ethical love which constitutes the essence of religious life has no place in it and what it considers to be the ultimate meaning of life is essentially false.
Kalicharan Rauta is a Gandhian analytic philosopher who commenced his philosophical research journey with Wittgenstein and ended with Socrates, Buddha and Gandhi. He joined University of Pune as faculty in 1979 after completing Ph D from IIT- Kanpur and retired in 2009.