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Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Sue Hamilton

Publication Date - June 2001

ISBN: 9780192853745

168 pages
Paperback

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

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.

Features

  • Offers an intriguing introduction to India's long, rich, and diverse tradition of philosophical thought, spanning some two and a half millennia and encompassing several major religious traditions
  • Emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought, structured around six schools of thought that have received classic status
  • 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

About the Author(s)

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