The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology
In The Concealed Art of the Soul, Jonardon Ganeri presents a variety of perspectives on the nature of the self as seen by major schools of classical Indian philosophy. For Indian thinkers, a philosophical treatise about the self should not only reveal the truth about the nature of the soul, but should also engage the reader in a process of study and contemplation that will eventually lead to self-transformation. By combining careful attention to philosophical content andsensitivity to literary form, Ganeri deepens our understanding of some of the greatest works in Indian literary history. His magisterial survey includes the Upanisads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahabharata, and the writings of Candrakirti, whose work was later to provide the foundation for TibetanBuddhism. Ganeri argues that many Western theories of selfhood are not only present in, but are developed to high degree of sophistication in these writings, and that there are other ideas about the self found in the work of classical Indian thinkers which present-day analytic philosophers have not yet begun to explore.Scholars and students of philosophy and religious studies, particularly those with an interest in Indian and Western conceptions of the self, will find this book fascinating reading.
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Part I SoulSearchers and SoothSayers
Part II Exhortations to Enlightenment
Part III A Selfless Persons Sense of Self
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Advaita argues argument Arit.t.ha Arjuna Aryadeva assertion Asvatth¯aman audience belief Bernard Williams Bh¯ıma Bh¯ıs.ma Bhikkhu Bhikkhu Bodhi brahman Buddha Buddha’s teachings Buddha’s words Buddhist Cambridge Candrak¯ırti chapter claim Clarendon Press cognition commentary concealment concept consciousness consists deception Delhi Derek Parfit desire dharmas Discourses discussion distinction doctrine Dron.a emptiness epistemology error Ethics example existence experience F. H. Bradley fact false fire grasp hidden idea illusion Indian Indra interpretation karma knowledge Kum¯arila M¯adhyamika Mah¯abh¯arata Man.d.ana means metaphor metaphysical mind moral N¯ag¯arjuna n¯ar¯ayan.a Naciketas Nāgārjuna Nik¯aya Ny¯aya object one’s oneself Oxford University Press Parfit perceived perception person practice of truth Princeton protreptic question R¯am¯anuja reason Reductionism Reductionist refutation Richard Sorabji Sa˙nkara sage Sanskrit Schopenhauer sense simile simply snake someone soul speak Sr¯ıhars.a statement suffering Sutta Tath¯agata tell theory things Tibetan trans translation true understanding Upanis.ads value of truth Varanasi Vasubandhu virtue Vy¯asa Yudhis.t.hira