Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byHamilton, Sue

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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.This Very Short Introduction emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought, and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. Sue Hamilton explores how the traditions have attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of an inner or spiritual quest, and introducesdistinctively Indian concepts such as karma and rebirth. She also shows how Indian thinkers have understood issues of reality and knowledge -- issues which are also an important part of the Western philosophical tradition.

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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.This Very Short Introduction emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought, and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. Sue Hamilton explores how t...

Sue Hamilton is a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College, London. Her publications include Early Buddhism: A New Approach (2000), and she is co-editor (with Peter Connolly) of Indian Insights: Buddhism, Brahmanism and Bhakti (1997).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192853740

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The Brahmanical beginnings: Vedic sacrifice and the early Upanisads2. Beyond Brahmanism: the Buddha and other renouncers3. Issues and justifications: language, grammar, and the emerging of polemics4. Nyaya and Vaisesika5. Developments in Buddhist thought: Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogicara6. Yoga and Samkhya7. Grammar again, and the exegetical traditions: Bhartrhari, Mimamsa, and VedantaFurther readingIndex

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`Indian Philosophy by Sue Hamilton, the perfect gift for anyone who wishes to sort out their karma and nirvana'The Independent Weekend Review 02/06/01