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This wide-ranging creation to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for newbies. via distinctive explorations of the total variety of Indian philosophical issues, together with a few metaphilosophical concerns, it offers readers with non-Western views on primary components of philosophy, together with epistemology, common sense, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are dependent thematically, with every one together with feedback for extra interpreting. this offers readers with an educated review when allowing them to target specific issues if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are followed via authorial reasons and contextualisations, giving the reader an realizing of the argumentative context and philosophical sort of Indian texts. an in depth thesaurus and a consultant to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for studying and knowing Sanskrit phrases and names. The ebook can be a vital source for either rookies and complex scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.

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An Introduction to Indian Philosophy This wide-ranging introduction to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous without being too technical for beginners. Through detailed explorations of the full range of Indian philosophical concerns, including some metaphilosophical issues, it provides readers with non-Western perspectives on central areas of philosophy, including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. Chapters are structured thematically, with each including suggestions for further reading.

The classical period of Indian philosophy is the period of the rise of the philosophical systems (darśanas). The medieval period is the period of the great commentaries on the sūtras of these various systems. And the modern period is the period characterized by the contact of inheritors of the earlier tradition with new influences, particularly from the West. While the primary focus in succeeding chapters of this book is on texts from the classical and medieval periods of Indian philosophy, a few words more about all four periods may be helpful to the reader in contextualizing what is to follow.

Philosophy in this latter sense occurs when we begin to reflect critically on the traditional explanatory world-view: when, for instance, we begin to ask questions about precisely what is explained, how the proffered explanation works, and whether it is superior to rival explanatory candidates. The development of Western philosophy is associated with the growth of such a tradition of critical reflection. And, as we shall see, the Indian tradition too developed a comparable critical tradition. ’ is ambiguous because the term ‘philosophy’ may be being used descriptively or evaluatively.

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