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Classical Indian Philosophy


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Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Nastika (Heterodox) Schools 1. Carvaka 2. Buddhism 3. Yogacara Buddhism 4. Madhyamaka Buddhism 5. Jainism Part II. Five astika (Orthodox) Schools 6. Nyaya 7. Vaiaeaika 8. Saakhya 9. Yoga 10. Mamaasa Part III. Schools of Vedanta 11. Advaita Vedanta 12. Viaiaadvaita Vedanta 13. Madhva Vedanta General Bibliography Index

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"This is the the work of a philosopher. Clear, cogent, and well-organized, it is driven by a philosophical spirit in its attempt to lay out what schools hold, then invite the reader to examine those views critically." -- Thomas A. Forsthoefel, Mercyhurst College

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Deepak Sarma is an associate professor of religious studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of An Introduction to Madhva Vedanta and Epistemologies and The Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry: Doctrine in Madhva Vedanta and editor of Hinduism: A Reader.


This is the work of a philosopher. Clear, cogent, and well organized, it is driven by a philosophical spirit as it lays out what schools hold and then invites the reader to examine those views critically. -- Thomas A. Forsthoefel, Mercyhurst College An excellent and long-overdue introduction to classical Indian philosophy. Drawing on many years of training in both traditional and academic philosophical circles, Deepak Sarma has identified the core texts of the various classical schools, provided them with lucid and concise introductions, and put together a very readable and accessible sampling of some of the main streams of Indian philosophical thought over the centuries. Indeed, the volume itself is part of that ongoing tradition. Suitable for course work and accessible to the educated reading public, this edition will, I predict, become the standard go-to text in the field. -- Edwin Bryant, Rutgers University With this collection, Sarma has performed a valuable service. The need for a reader of this kind, incorporating more recent translations of classical Indian philosophical texts, has been felt by many for a number of years. A most welcome addition to the teaching materials available in this field. -- Jeffrey Long, author of Jainism: An Introduction and A Vision for Hinduism The readings from original texts selected by Sarma are quite good and appropriate for introductory courses in classical Indian philosophy. Choice Classical Indian Philosophy is a strongly recommended and core addition to any religious and philosophical studies collection. Midwest Book Review ...A welcome new resource... Journal of the American ORiental Society

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