A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2000 - Hindu philosophy - 414 pages
The present treatise is a critical study of different systems of Indian Philosophy based on original sources and its principal value lies in their interpretation. On almost all fundamental points the author has quoted from the original texts to enable the reader to compare the interpretations with the text. The book opens with the survey of Indian philosophical thought as found in the Vedas, the Upanisads and Bhagavadgita. It proceeds to the study of Materialism, Jainism and Early Buddhism, Sunyavada, Vijnanavada and Svatantra Vijnanavada. It expounds the tenets of the six systems of Indian Philosophy with special reference to Sankara, the pre-Sankara and the post-Sankara Vedanta, and the essentials of Buddhism and Vedanta in comparison and contrast. It discusses the doctrines of Vedanta as interpreted by Ramanuja, Madhva, Nimbarka, Vallabha, Caitanya and Aurobindo. It also contains a clear exposition of Saiva Siddhanta, Kashmir Saivism and Sakta Schools.

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Indian philosophy contains an immense number of traditions, works, arguments and counter-arguments, so no single introductory work can do full justice to this subject. A great obstacle for non-Indian ... Read full review

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We used this book as reference text on a study group on Indian Philosophy. It's an excellent book to get a decent idea about various schools of Indian philosophies. Arguments of various Indian and western philosophers are invoked at various stages, to give a decent idea about the issues from multiple view points. Authors starts with a general overview in the first chapter (we think, ch1 & 2 should be kept in mind as reference all through) and then moves on to each of the major philosophical schools. As the title says, this is a survey and not a comprehensive account of any of the schools. There are some typos here and there, and some choices of words during translations seems confusing, but overall its a very good book to start with. We are happy with it. 



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