Indian Philosophy An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought

ISBN-10: 0878407561
ISBN-13: 9780878407569
Edition: 1999
Authors: Richard King
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Description: Richard King ponders the exclusion of Indian philosophy from the history of philosophy and questions prevailing assumptions about the mythical, ahistorical and theological nature of Indian thought.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 5/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Richard King ponders the exclusion of Indian philosophy from the history of philosophy and questions prevailing assumptions about the mythical, ahistorical and theological nature of Indian thought.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
India and the History of Philosophy
Defining the Subject-Matter
Histories of Western Philosophy
Secular Reason and the Dichotomy of Tradition vs Modernity
Indian Materialism - A Counter-Example
Can Philosophy be Indian?
Is there 'Philosophy' in Ancient India?
Why consider 'Indian Philosophy'?
The Varieties of Hindu Philosophy
The Origins and Nature of Hindu Philosophy
Bhartrhari and the Philosophy of Linguistic Analysis (vyakarana)
The Varieties of Hindu Philosophy
The Prior Exegesis School (Purva Mimamsa)
The Later Exegesis (Uttara Mimamsa) or 'End of the Vedas' (Vedanta) School
The Particularist School (Vaisesika)
The School of Reasoning (Nyaya)
The School of Enumeration (Samkhya)
The Classical Yoga School
Buddhist Philosophy in India
Buddhism in India
The Doctrinal Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy
The Buddhist Philosophy of No-Abiding-Self (anatman)
Mainstream Buddhist Philosophy (Abhidharma)
Mahayana Buddhism in India
Ontology: What really exists?
Vaisesika: Classifying Reality
Reality as Process: The Abhidharma Response
Rejecting Ontology: The Mahayana Philosophy of Emptiness
Epistemology: How do we know what we know?
The Foundations of Knowledge (pramana)
Inference (anumana) and the Nyaya School
Emptiness and Nagarjuna's Critique of Pramana Theory
Perception: Do we see things as they are?
The Nature of Perception
Perception in Advaita Vedanta: Reconciling the Everyday World and Monism
The Image Theory of Perception (sakara-jnana-vada)
Consciousness and the Body: What are we?
The Dualism of the Samkhya School
The Samkhya Philosophy of Isvarakrsna
The Yoga System of Patanjali
Creation and Causality: Where do we come from?
Myth and History
Ancient Indian Cosmogonies
Creation and Causality in Buddhism
God and Causality in Nyaya-Vaisesika
Causal Theory in Samkhya and Yoga
The Early Vedanta of the Brahma Sutra
Sankara and the Philosophy of Non-Dualism (Advaita Vedanta)
Causal Theory in Advaita
Ramanuja and Non-Dualism of the Qualified (Visistadvaita Vedanta)
Philosophy in a Post-Colonial World
Postmodernism, Ethnocentricity and Western Philosophy
The Politics of Translation
Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Entering the Western Philosophical Arena
Conclusion
Bibliography of Cited Works
Index and Glossary of Important Sanskrit Terms

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