Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ( born September 5, 1888 in Tiruttani, † April 16, 1975 in Madras, Tamil Nadu ) was 1962-1967 President of India and is considered an important philosopher of religion. He was a pioneer of Neohinduismus.


Radhakrishnan was the son of devout Hindus. After twelve years of education in Christian mission schools, he studied philosophy and graduated in 1918 at the Madras Christian College with the thesis The Ethics of the Vedanta and Its Metaphysical presuppositions.

He received, among others in 1954 the German order Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, 1959, the Goethe Medal of the City of Frankfurt and the 1961 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.



  • Indian Philosophy, 2 volumes, 1923 to 1927
  • The Philosophy of the Upanishads, 1924
  • An Idealist View of Life, 1932
  • Eastern Religions and Western Thought, 1939
  • East and West: Some Reflections, 1955
  • Brahma Sutra. The Philosophy of Spiritual Life, 1960