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

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

by Jonardon 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

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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 andsensitivity to literary form, Ganeri deepens our understanding of some of the greatest works in Indian literary history. 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 TibetanBuddhism. Ganeri argues that many Western theories of selfhood are not only present in, but are developed to high degree of sophistication in these writings, 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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"Ganeris research into the Indian literature is impressive in its scope and detail, and he does his best to make it accessible."—John Cottingham, Philosophy

"Ganeri's book is truly impressive in its scope and sophistication." - Lynne Rudder Baker, Review of Metaphysics

"It is no exaggeration to say that this book marks the beginning of a completely new phase in the study of Indian philosophy, one in which a firm grasp of the historical material forms the basis for going beyond pure exegesis, opening up the way for doing philosophy with ancient sources."—Jan Westerhoff, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"This book is rich in thought-provoking material. Add to that the fact that it is charmingly written, and the result is a book that should delight anyone interested in the ethical dimensions of having (or perhaps not having, after all) a self." —Journal of Religion

"The style of writing, however, is lively, elegant, and not overly technical."—Melaine Mader, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaat-Munich

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ISBN-13:
9780191607042
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2007
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18 MB
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Meet the Author

Jonardon Ganeri is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool.

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