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An Introduction to Indian Philosophy

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  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521618694

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  • This wide-ranging introduction to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous without being too technical for beginners. Through detailed explorations of the full range of Indian philosophical concerns, including some metaphilosophical issues, it provides readers with non-Western perspectives on central areas of philosophy, including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. Chapters are structured thematically, with each including suggestions for further reading. This provides readers with an informed overview whilst enabling them to focus on particular topics if needed. Translated Sanskrit texts are accompanied by authorial explanations and contextualisations, giving the reader an understanding of the argumentative context and philosophical style of Indian texts. A detailed glossary and a guide to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the tools needed for reading and understanding Sanskrit terms and names. The book will be an essential resource for both beginners and advanced students of philosophy and Asian studies.

    • Includes detailed explorations of the full range of Indian philosophical concerns, including epistemology, logic, philosophy of language and metaphysics, providing students with an informed view of the broad range of classical Indian contributions to philosophy
    • Analytical, philosophically rigorous and introduces some metaphilosophical issues without being too technical for beginners
    • The chapters are thematically structured providing readers with a summary of not just the different schools of doctrines but also the details of Indian philosophical arguments and their theoretical and philosophical motivations
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    • Winner, 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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    "This is one of the best introductory books on Indian philosophy that I have read. It is even-handed in addressing the pros and cons of each problem, it is sophisticated and up to date, and it places issues of Indian philosophy in the context of the current Western philosophical tradition. It will be suitable for undergraduate philosophy majors and minors, and also for graduate students taking a first course on Indian philosophy."
    Prasanta S. Bandyopadhyay, Montana State University

    "This is a remarkably clear and systematic introduction to the history of philosophy. Perrett wisely abandons the 'six systems' approach for a topical approach that makes much more sense of the Indian philosophical landscape. This book will be an ideal textbook for an Indian philosophy course, and will be immediately accessible to philosophers to whom this tradition is unfamiliar."
    Jay L. Garfield, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521618694
    • length: 261 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 174 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    A note on the pronunciation of Sanskrit
    Introduction
    1. Value
    2. Knowledge
    3. Reasoning
    4. Word
    5. World
    6. Self
    7. Ultimates
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Roy W. Perrett, University of Melbourne
    Roy W. Perrett is a Research Associate of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Hindu Ethics: A Philosophical Study (1998) and Death and Immortality (1987).

    Awards

    • Winner, 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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