Classical Indian Philosophy

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In this comprehensive textbook, renowned philosopher J. N. Mohanty examines the range of Indian philosophy from the Sutra period through the 17th century Navya Nyaya. Classical Indian Philosophy is divided into three parts that cover epistemology, metaphysics, and the attempt to transcend the distinction between subject and object. Instead of concentrating on the different systems, Mohanty focuses on the major concepts and problems dealt with in Indian philosophy. The book includes discussions of Indian ethics and social philosophy, as well as of Indian law and aesthetics. Classical Indian Philosophy is essential reading for students of Indian philosophy at every level.

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Mohanty uses his extensive and deep subject knowledge to produce another valuable work. The design of the present book is thoughtful, presenting several charts on specific topics. This extraordinally concise and well-written work is highly recommended for both graduate and upper-division undergraduate students.
Philosophy East and West
On every page, Mohanty's masterly and sophisticated grasp of both Indian thought and Western philosophy shines forth. This book will provide a comprehensive and insightful introduction for both beginners and specialists of Indian thought. It conveys the vibrant and sophisticated contestation within and among the diverse schools without sounding excessively technical. Mohanty's rigorous exposition of Indian epistemology and metaphysics coupled with his restrained comparisons with Western concepts will make this book immensely rewarding for those interested in East-West dialogue in general.
Mohanty uses his extensive and deep subject knowledge to produce another valuable work. The design of the present book is thoughtful, presenting several charts on specific topics. This extraordinally concise and well-written work is highly recommended for both graduate and upper-division undergraduate students.
Stephen Phillips
At last an overview of classical Indian philosophy that surveys the ethical and legal philosophy, the aesthetics, the philosophy of religion, and not simply the epistemology and metaphysics! And by such an accomplished professional! Mohanty takes us on an intellectual tour that covers immense territory and at the same time attends to details of arguments. We are shown the inner workings of the systems of inquiry, not a lot of names and dates. This is the book for those who want to know about classical Indian thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847689323
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Philosophy and the Global Context Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

J. N. Mohanty is professor of philosophy at Temple University. He is the author of many books, including Reason and Tradition in Indian Thought (Oxford) and Transcendental Philosophy (Blackwell).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Indian Philosophy: A Historical Overview Part 3 I Theory of Knowledge (Pramana Sastra) Chapter 4 2. Theory of Knowledge (Pramana-Theory) Part 5 II. Metaphysics (Prameya Sastra) Chapter 6 3. The Categories (Pdarthas) Chapter 7 4. The Self (Atman) Chapter 8 5. Central Metaphysical Issues Part 9 III Philosophy of Politics, Law and Morals (Dharma sastras) Chapter 10 6. State, Society and Law Chapter 11 7. Moral Philosophy Part 12 IV Religion and Art Chapter 13 8. Philosophy of Religion Chapter 14 9. Aesthetics or Rasasastra Part 15 V Beyond the Pramana-Prameya Distinction Chapter 16 10. Beyond the Pramana-Prameya Distinction Chapter 17 Appendices Chapter 18 Bibliography Chapter 19 Index Chapter 20 About the Author

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