Western Culture A Concise Religio-Philosophical History for the Non Westerner
The following are excerpts from the Book Neo-Vedanta and Modernity: Toward an Understanding Of The Ontology of Bliss in the Context of modernity by Prof. Bithika Mukerji. (Full book at http://www.advaita.org.uk/reading/free_other.htm please beware that the document on this site, apparently transcribed from the original printed book, is riddled with Typos. My version below has been cleaned of typos, as far as possible. )
Among the many reasons to read this entire book, the most important one is that it puts in context the path of Vedanta as experienced/discoursed in the intellectual atmosphere of todays Westernised post-technological age. The focus of this particular piece much smaller, it is just the part in Chapter 1, Section B.: Formative Factors Influencing Western Civilization.