By Roy W. Perrett
This wide-ranging creation to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for newcomers. via unique explorations of the complete diversity of Indian philosophical matters, together with a few metaphilosophical matters, it offers readers with non-Western views on valuable parts of philosophy, together with epistemology, common sense, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are based thematically, with each one together with feedback for additional analyzing. this gives readers with an educated evaluation while allowing them to target specific themes if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are observed by way of authorial factors and contextualisations, giving the reader an knowing of the argumentative context and philosophical sort of Indian texts. a close thesaurus and a consultant to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for studying and figuring out Sanskrit phrases and names. The ebook may be a vital source for either newbies and complex scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.
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Suggestions for further reading Recommended alternative introductory surveys of Indian philosophy include Hiriyanna 1932, Potter 1963, Smart 1964 and Mohanty 2000. Useful collections of translated primary sources include Radhakrishnan and Moore 1957, Koller and Koller 1991, Sarma 2011, Frauwallner 2007, Edelglass and Garfield 2009 and Deutsch and van Buitenen 1971. On the broader Indian cultural background, see Basham 1971. On the ancient period of Indian philosophy, see further Edgerton 1965, van Buitenen 1973 and Jaini 1973.
International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Blackwell, 2013). Chapter 3 includes material originally published in ‘The Problem of Induction in Indian Philosophy’, Philosophy East and West 34, 1984. Chapter 4 reuses some material from my ‘Musical Unity and Sentential Unity’, British Journal of Aesthetics 39, 1999. ), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Routledge, 1998). Chapter 6 draws on ‘Computationality, Mind and Value: The Case of Sāṃkhya-Yoga’, Asian Philosophy 11, 2001, and ‘Personal Identity, Minimalism, and Madhyamaka’, Philosophy East and West 52, 2002.
No, you are really speaking the old language, perhaps without realizing it, but you are speaking it in a way that is appropriate to the modern world, without on that account necessarily being in accordance with its taste. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value Contents List of figures Preface A note on the pronunciation of Sanskrit IntroductionPreliminaries Is there Indian philosophy? Indian philosophy: a brief historical overview The ancient period of Indian philosophy The classical period of Indian philosophy The medieval period of Indian philosophy The modern period of Indian philosophy Western conceptions of Indian philosophy Suggestions for further reading 1ValueIntroduction The structure of value: the puruṣārthas Dharma and mokṣa: moral and non-moral values Hindu value pluralism Obligation, desire and liberation Theories of moral motivation Desire and action in the Bhagavadgītā Virtue and the supramoral Defending the primacy of liberation Buddhist ethics Intention (cetanā) in Buddhist ethics Buddhist consequentialism ‘No-self’ and selflessness Jaina ethics Conclusion Suggestions for further reading 2KnowledgeIntroduction The structure of knowledge according to pramāṇa theory Indian and Western epistemologies Knowledge and pramā Truth and prāmāṇya Perception (pratyakṣa) Determinate and indeterminate perception The theory of error (khyātivāda) Testimony (śabda) and other pramāṇas Scepticism in Indian and Western epistemologies Nāgārjuna's critique of the pramāṇas Jayarāśi and truthfulness Śrīharṣa and the necessity of the pramāṇas Conclusion Suggestions for further reading 3ReasoningIntroduction Early Nyāya logic Fallacies, debate and dialectics Medieval Buddhist logic Navya-Nyāya logic Pervasion and the problem of induction Cārvāka scepticism about inference The Nyāya defence of induction The Advaitin defence of induction The Buddhist defence of induction Pragmatic defences The scope of inference: anumāna, upamāna, arthāpatti and anupalabdhi The Buddhist tetralemma (catuṣkoṭi) Jaina logic Conclusion Suggestions for further reading 4WordIntroduction Word-meaning Sentence-meaning The problem of sentential unity How are meanings established?