New PDF release: An Introduction to Indian Philosophy

By Roy W. Perrett

ISBN-10: 052161869X

ISBN-13: 9780521618694

This wide-ranging advent to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for rookies. via targeted explorations of the complete diversity of Indian philosophical matters, together with a few metaphilosophical concerns, it presents readers with non-Western views on principal 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 examining. this gives readers with an educated evaluation while allowing them to target specific subject matters if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are observed by means of authorial reasons and contextualisations, giving the reader an knowing of the argumentative context and philosophical type of Indian texts. a close thesaurus and a advisor to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for interpreting and knowing Sanskrit phrases and names. The booklet should be a necessary source for either novices and complicated scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.

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To take but one example, the redaction of Pāṇini's Sanskrit grammar (fifth century bce) and the later commentaries on it generated a model of the formal analysis of language that is accepted by all Indian philosophers. Hence the significance of the Grammarian philosophers – the most important of which was Bhartṛhari (fifth century) – for subsequent Indian philosophy of language. The medieval period of Indian philosophy The medieval period is the period of the great commentaries on the sūtras of the various systems.

2The Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika categories Preface I would like to thank especially the following persons who have – both through their writings and through conversation or correspondence over the years – significantly shaped the way I think about Indian philosophy: in alphabetical order, they are Arindam Chakrabarti, Eli Franco, Jonardon Ganeri, Jay Garfield, Jitendra Mohanty, Stephen Phillips, Karl Potter, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Jay Shaw, Mark Siderits, John Taber, and Tom Tillemans. Naturally, it should not be inferred that any of them would agree with all of what I have written here.

Chapter 4 ‘Word’ deals with Indian philosophy of language. Chapter 5 ‘World’ focuses on metaphysics: specifically, the matter of which fundamental entities make up the world and how causation holds them together. Chapter 6 ‘Self’ deals with Indian theories of the self. Chapter 7 ‘Ultimates’ deals with philosophy of religion, especially the variety of differing conceptions of a maximally great being to be found in the Indian tradition. This thematic organization permits the book to be used in at least two different ways.

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