The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and…

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byJonardon Ganeri

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In The Concealed Art of the Soul, Jonardon Ganeri presents a variety of perspectives on the nature of the self as seen by major schools of classical Indian philosophy. For Indian thinkers, a philosophical treatise about the self should not only reveal the truth about the nature of the soul,but should also engage the reader in a process of study and contemplation that will eventually lead to self-transformation. By combining careful attention to philosophical content and sensitivity to literary form, Ganeri deepens our understanding of some of the greatest works in Indian literaryhistory. His magisterial survey includes the Upanisads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahabharata, and the writings of Candrakirti, whose work was later to provide the foundation for Tibetan Buddhism. Ganeri argues that many Western theories of selfhood are not only present in these writings, but aredeveloped to a high degree of sophistication, and that there are other ideas about the self found in the work of classical Indian thinkers which present-day analytic philosophers have not yet begun to explore. Scholars and students of philosophy and religious studies, particularly those with an interest in Indian and Western conceptions of the self, will find this book fascinating reading.

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In The Concealed Art of the Soul, Jonardon Ganeri presents a variety of perspectives on the nature of the self as seen by major schools of classical Indian philosophy. For Indian thinkers, a philosophical treatise about the self should not only reveal the truth about the nature of the soul,but should also engage the reader in a process...

Jonardon Ganeri is a philosopher who draws upon Indian, European and Ango-American sources in his work. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex. He read Mathematics at Cambridge before commencing graduate studies in Philosophy at London and Oxford. He has been a Jacobsen Fellow in Philosophy at King's Colle...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:January 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I - Soul Searchers and Sooth-Sayers1. Hidden in the cave: the Upanisadic self2. Dangerous truths: the Buddha on silence, secrecy and snakes3. A cloak of clever words: the deconstruction of deceit in the MahabharataPart II - Exhortations to Enlightenment4. Words that burn: why did the Buddha say what he did?5. Words that break: can an Upanisad state the truth?Part III - A Selfless Person's Sense of Sefl6. The imperfect reality of rersons7. Self as performanceAppendicesTexts and AbbreviationsBibliographyIndex

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