Studies on the Carvaka/Lokayata

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Anthem Press, 2011 - Religion - 251 pages
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‘Studies on the Carvaka/Lokayata’ is the first attempt at a scientific study of the Carvaka/Lokayata, the materialist system of philosophy that flourished in ancient India between the eighth and the twelfth century CE. This study seeks to disprove certain notions about the Carvaka/Lokayata, particularly the following: that the Carvaka-s did not approve of any other instrument of cognition except perception; and that they advocated unalloyed sensualism and hedonism. This volume also seeks to establish the fact that there existed a pre-Carvaka school of materialism in India, although there is no way to prove that the Carvaka system grew out of it.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Jain Sources for the Study of PreCārvāka
33
Perception and Inference in the Cārvāka Philosophy
55
A New Collection
69
On the Authenticity of an Alleged Cārvāka Aphorism
105
What Did the Cārvākas Mean by sukhaṃ jīvet?
123
A Critical
137
What does Udayana Mean
159
Haribhadras Saddarsanasamuccaya
175
On Lokayata and Lokayatana
193
jivika dhatrnirmita or jiviketi brhaspatih?
207
What is Meant by nastika in the Nyayasutra
227
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Ramkrishna Bhattacharya is an Emeritus Fellow in English, University Grants Commission, New Delhi. He was previously a Reader in the Department of English at Anandamohan College, Kolkata and a Guest Lecturer with the postgraduate faculty of English at the University of Calcutta.

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