An Introduction to Indian Philosophy: Perspectives on Reality, Knowledge, and Freedom

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Routledge, Apr 19, 2012 - Philosophy - 360 pages
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An Introduction to Indian Philosophy offers a profound yet accessible survey of the development of India’s philosophical tradition. Beginning with the formation of Brahmanical, Jaina, Materialist, and Buddhist traditions, Bina Gupta guides the reader through the classical schools of Indian thought, culminating in a look at how these traditions inform Indian philosophy and society in modern times. Offering translations from source texts and clear explanations of philosophical terms, this text provides a rigorous overview of Indian philosophical contributions to epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and ethics. This is a must-read for anyone seeking a reliable and illuminating introduction to Indian philosophy.

 

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Contents

PART II The Foundations
17
PART III NonVedic Systems
53
PART IV The Ancient Systems
111
PART V Systems with Global Impact
201
PART VI The Teachings of the Bhagavad Gītā
275
PART VII Modern Indian Thought
291
Notes
311
Glossary of Important Sanskrit Words
322
Bibliography
329
Index
332
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Bina Gupta is Curators' Distinguished Research Professor, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of South Asian Studies at the University of Missouri.

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