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Very Short Introductions #47: Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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India has a long, rich, and diverse tradition of philosophical thought, spanning some two and a half millennia and encompassing several major religious traditions.

In this intriguing introduction to Indian philosophy, the diversity of Indian thought is emphasized. It is structured around six schools of thought that have received classic status. Sue Hamilton explores how the traditions have attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of inner or spiritual quest and introduces distinctively Indian concepts, such as karma and rebirth. She also explains how Indian thinkers have understood issues of reality and knowledge--issues that are also an important part of the Western philosophical tradition.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

About the Author

Sue Hamilton is a Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Theology at King's College.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The Brahmanical beginnings: Vedic sacrifice and the early Upanisads

2. Beyond Brahmanism: the Buddha and other renouncers

3. Issues and justifications: language, grammar, and the emerging of polemics

4. Nyaya and Vaisesika

5. Developments in Buddhist thought: Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogicara

6. Yoga and Samkhya

7. Grammar again, and the exegetical traditions: Bhartrhari, Mimamsa, and Vedanta

Further reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192853745
Author:
Hamilton, Sue
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Philosophy, indic
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Eastern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
47
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps, 7 halftones
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
4.200 x 6.700 in 0.338 lb

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