Classical Samkhya and Yoga: An Indian Metaphysics of Experience

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Routledge, Jan 24, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages

Samkhya and Yoga are two of the oldest and most influential systems of classical Indian philosophy. This book provides a thorough analysis of the systems in order to fully understand Indian philosophy. Placing particular emphasis on the metaphysical schema which underlies both concepts, the author adeptly develops a new interpretation of the standard views on Samkhya and Yoga.

Drawing upon existing sources and using insights from both Eastern and Western philosophy and religious practice, this comprehensive interpretation is respectful to the underlying spiritual purpose of the Indian systems. It serves to illuminate the relation between the theoretical and practical dimensions of Samkhya and Yoga. The book fills a gap in current scholarship and will be of interest to those concerned with Indology as well as philosophies in general and their similarities and differences with other traditions.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF SAMKHYA AND YOGA
15
2 THE RELATION BETWEEN THE TWO DARSANAS
36
KANTIAN AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL PHILOSOPHY
56
4 THE IMPUTATION OF REALISM
72
5 THE NATURE OF PRAKRTI
91
6 THE EMERGENCE OF THE MANIFEST PRINCIPLES
108
7 FREEDOM FROM EXPERIENCE
133
8 CONCLUSION
156
APPENDIX A
163
APPENDIX B
180
GLOSSARY OF KEY SANSKRIT TERMS
181
NOTES
187
BIBLIOGRAPHY
205
INDEX
218
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Mikel Burley received his PhD in Indian philosophy from the University of Bristol, and currently teaches in the School of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. His previous publications include Hatha-Yoga: Its Context, Theory and Practice and numerous articles on both Western and Indian philosophy.

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