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

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

by Jonardon Ganeri
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199202419

ISBN-13: 9780199202416

Pub. Date: 08/23/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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 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 Tibetan Buddhism.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199202416
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/23/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

PART I - SOUL-SEARCHERS AND SOOTH-SAYERS
1. Hidden in the cave: the Upanisadic self
2. Dangerous truths: the Buddha on silence, secrecy and snakes
3. A cloak of clever words: the deconstruction of deceit in the Mahabharata
4. 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 SELF
6. The imperfect reality of rersons
7. Self as performance
APPENDICES
TEXTS AND ABBREVIATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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