A Glimpse on Cārvāka Materialism in Reference to Science of Materialism
Author(s): Dr. Sucharita Dey and Ms. Jayashree Talukdar
Abstract: A philosophical glimpse on materialism reminds us of Cārvāka philosophy in the Indian Context. As Upanisads are considered as the fountain of Indian Philosophy, so Cārvāka Materialism which advocates that: ‘matter is the ultimate reality’, has never been properly understood by other Indian thinkers. Moreover the Cārvāka summum bonum of life acknowledging ‘eat, drink and be merry’ cannot give real solace to human life and existence. This paper is an attempt to understand Cārvāka Materialism which allows egoistic hedonism and an attempt will be taken to throw light to find out whether Cārvāka Materialism and egoistic hedonism have any place in the context of Science of Materialism. To ponder significant light on Science we can say that Science is progressive and constructive when true theories replace false beliefs. But tragically, when Science grooms itself against nature, it becomes that Science which encourages materialism and thus becomes destructive and contradictory.