Context

(Student Guide to World Philosophy)

The Religion of Man was based on the Hibbert Lectures that Rabindranath Tagore delivered at Manchester College, Oxford, in May, 1930. The ideas he presented were the culmination of many years of Tagore’s thought. Many of them can be found, for example, in earlier books such as Personality (1917) and Creative Unity (1922), as well as the later The Religion of an Artist (1933). The Religion of Man represents the final stage of Tagore’s mature thought, the position he reached following his earlier attempt to forge a synthesis between the best elements of Hinduism and the new religion of Brahmanism (founded by Raja Rammohan Roy in 1828).