By Roy W. Perrett

ISBN-10: 052161869X

ISBN-13: 9780521618694

This wide-ranging creation to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for novices. via precise explorations of the entire variety of Indian philosophical matters, together with a few metaphilosophical concerns, it offers readers with non-Western views on valuable parts of philosophy, together with epistemology, common sense, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are based thematically, with every one together with feedback for additional studying. this gives readers with an educated evaluation when allowing them to target specific themes if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are observed by means of authorial causes and contextualisations, giving the reader an knowing of the argumentative context and philosophical form of Indian texts. a close thesaurus and a advisor to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for analyzing and knowing Sanskrit phrases and names. The ebook should be a vital source for either novices and complex scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.

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Indological approaches to Indian philosophy are focused on philological-cum-historical-cum-grammatical analyses of the Sanskrit texts. Such purely curiosity-driven research has a venerable pedigree from Alberuni and William Jones through to contemporary Western scholars such as Erich Frauwallner, Paul Hacker and Daniel Ingalls (and, of course, their numerous Japanese counterparts). In terms of numbers of publications, this would surely be the dominant Western academic approach to Indian philosophy.

Its emphasis on careful philological and historical research means that it is less likely to ignore the analytical tradition of Indian philosophy (there are just too many extant Sanskrit texts that would have to be ignored). Nor is it burdened with the magisterial need to denigrate in order to justify the assumption of power. But there is still one crucial respect in which the curatorial approach fails to do justice to Indian philosophy as philosophy: it refuses to try to rationally assess the theories and arguments of the texts it studies, to ask whether the theses affirmed there are true and the arguments offered in support of them are good ones.

For readings on the classical and medieval periods of Indian philosophy, see the suggestions at the end of each of the successive thematic chapters of this book. On the modern period, see Raghuramaraju 2006, 2013 and Bhusan and Garfield 2011. There is no adequate single history of Indian philosophy: Dasgupta 1922–55 is a venerable classic attempt, but it is both dated and partial – albeit full of useful information. edu/kpotter. On the history of Western interpretations of Indian philosophy, see Halbfass 1988.

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