Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Raymond Martin
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187075236
An anthology of selected talks and writings of Krishnamurti emphasizing certain of his concerns.
Is it possible to live without relying psychologically on authority - either on external authority or even on the authority of one's own past experience? For Jiddu Krishnamurti that, suitably qualified, is the key question. His answer is that it is possible and that only in this way can one connect fully with what is real.
Krishnamurti was not a philosopher in the classical sense. He wasn't interested in presenting theories or in arguing for his view. Still what he was up to is continuous with philosophy. Like Socrates, who through his example and questioning encourages his audiences to examine critically the assumption on which their beliefs depend, Krishnamurti, thorough his example and questioning, encourages his audiences to examine critically the assumption on which their very experience of themselves and the world depends.
In other words, whereas Socrates encourages what today we would call critical thinking (or simply, philosophy), Krishnamurti encourages what we might call critical looking (and what he sometimes called choiceless awareness).