Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Introduction

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 22, 2018 - Philosophy - 208 pages
Philosophy of The Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Introduction presents a complete philosophical guide and new translation of the most celebrated text of Hinduism.

While usually treated as mystical and religious poetry, this new translation focuses on the philosophy underpinning the story of a battle between two sets of cousins of the Aryan clan. Designed for use in the classroom, this lively and readable translation:
- Situates the text in its philosophical and cultural contexts
- Features summaries and chapter analyses and questions at the opening and end of each of the eighteen chapters encouraging further study
- Highlights points of comparison and overlap between Indian and Western philosophical concepts and themes such as just war, care ethics, integrity and authenticity
- Includes a glossary allowing the reader to determine the meaning of central concepts

Written with clarity and without presupposing any prior knowledge of Hinduism, Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Introduction reveals the importance and value of reading the Gita philosophically.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Arjunas Sorrow
33
2 The Yoga of Knowledge and Philosophy
41
3 The Yoga of Action
53
4 The Yoga of Renunciation of Action through Knowledge
61
5 The Yoga of Renunciation
69
6 The Yoga of Meditation
75
7 The Yoga of Knowledge and Judgment
83
12 The Yoga of Devotion
117
13 The Yoga of Difference between the Field and the FieldKnower
123
14 The Yoga of the Division of Three Gunas
131
15 The Yoga of the Supreme Purusha
139
16 The Yoga of the Division between the Divine and the Demonic
145
17 The Yoga of the Threefold Faith
151
18 The Yoga of Liberation and Renunciation
157
Selective Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
169

8 The Yoga of the Imperishable Brahman
89
9 The Yoga of Sovereign Science and Sovereign Secret
95
10 The Yoga of Divine Manifestations
101
11 The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form
107

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Keya Maitra is Chair and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of North Carolina, Asheville, USA.

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