Pankaj Mishra’s NYT book review of Ardor

The philosophers of India, T. S. Eliot once wrote, “make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys.” Roberto Calasso seems to concur.

Calasso anticipates his reader wondering, “What can be the relevance of all we read in the Veda?” He is right to answer that such “microphysics of the mind” can bring about an “abrupt and disorientating shift of perspective” and, perhaps, snap us out of both naïve reverence for and smug disenchantment with the modern world.

“Ardor” outlines, in its own quirky way, that long-overdue and genuine intellectual cosmopolitanism.

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