Clapping with One Hand: The Persistence of the Sino-Indian Border Dispute (Excerpt)

Excerpt from “Clapping with One Hand: The Persistence of the Sino-Indian Border Dispute.” The following is a selection from Akhilesh Pillalamarri’s Thesis (2011) in the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Undergraduate Scholars Program, written under Dr. Mike Mochizuki. Abstract: Relations between China and India are often fraught with tension. One of the main reasons for … Continue reading Clapping with One Hand: The Persistence of the Sino-Indian Border Dispute (Excerpt)

Historicism, German Philosophy, and Human Nature

This essay is adapted from Akhilesh Pillalamarri’s undergraduate thesis of 2011.  Introduction The philosophies of history of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) and Oswald Manuel Arnold Gottfried Spengler (1880-1936), two German philosophers, are important in the development of a new mode of historical thinking in Western intellectual history, known as historicism. However, this mode of thinking … Continue reading Historicism, German Philosophy, and Human Nature

Human Nature, Historicism, and Modernity in Persian Islamic Thought

Adapted from an essay written by Akhilesh Pillalamarri in 2013.  *Due to the nature of this topic and the wording of quotes, there are multiple references to “man,” and “mankind,” by which the author of this paper means “humans,” and “humankind” in an inclusive sense. Conceptions of human nature and the role of humankind upon … Continue reading Human Nature, Historicism, and Modernity in Persian Islamic Thought