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Perspectives of Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Hinduism

Perspectives of Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Hinduism

by Jeaneane Fowler
     
 

ISBN-10: 1898723931

ISBN-13: 9781898723936

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: Sussex Academic Press

An introduction to the six major orthodox schools of philosophical thought in Hinduism, known as the orthodox "darsanas". These are concerned with the nature of reality and the path they offer towards enlightenment.

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An introduction to the six major orthodox schools of philosophical thought in Hinduism, known as the orthodox "darsanas". These are concerned with the nature of reality and the path they offer towards enlightenment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781898723936
Publisher:
Sussex Academic Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Preface and Acknowledgementsix
Introduction
The nature of philosophy1
The darsanas4
Reality5
Epistemology: the theory of knowledge7
The self9
Causality11
The concept of God12
Liberation13
1Types of belief
Theism15
Monotheism20
Polytheism22
Pantheism24
Panentheism28
Dualism29
Pluralism29
Monism30
Non-dualism31
2Veda
Schools of Indian philosophy33
Veda: wisdom34
Vedic religion36
Polytheism of the Vedas38
Monotheism of the Vedas39
Vedanta46
The Upanisads46
Brahman49
Atman52
Brahman-atman53
The empirical self54
Liberation55
Perspectives of reality in the Upanisads57
The means to ultimate Reality59
The Hindu darsanas60
3Purva Mimamsa
Background to the school65
Main proponents and commentators67
General features of the school68
Reality: the Mimamsa view of the world70
Padarthas: categories of reality71
Epistemology73
Error76
Pramanas77
The self85
Causality89
The concept of God92
Liberation94
4Vaisesika
Background to the school98
Main proponents and commentators99
Reality: the Vaisesika view of the world100
Epistemology103
Pramanas103
Error104
Padarthas: categories of reality104
The self117
Causality120
The concept of God123
Liberation125
5Nyaya
Background to the school127
Main proponents and commentators129
Reality: the Nyaya view of the world130
Padarthas: categories of reality132
Epistemology134
Pramanas134
Prameyas146
The self147
Causality150
The concept of God152
Liberation157
6Samkhya
Background to the school160
Main proponents and commentators163
Reality: the Samkhya view of the world165
Prakrti166
Epistemology180
Pramanas180
The Self: purusas182
The interaction of purusas and prakrti187
Causality190
Atheism193
Liberation194
7Classical Yoga
Background to the school197
Main proponents and commentators201
General features of the school202
Reality: the view of the world in classical Yoga203
Epistemology205
Pramanas205
Citta207
The eight angas of Yoga (Astanga Yoga)211
Samadhi216
Samprajnata samadhi217
Asamprajnata samadhi218
The self219
Causality227
The concept of God229
Liberation231
8Advaita Vedanta
Background to the school238
Main proponents and commentators240
General features of the school243
Reality: the Advaita view of the world244
Epistemology255
Pramanas258
Error261
The self262
Causality269
The concept of God275
Liberation279
9Visistadvaita Vedanta
Background to the school288
Main proponents and commentators293
Reality: the Visistadvaita view of the world294
Padarthas: categories of reality295
Epistemology303
Pramanas306
The self310
The concept of God317
Causality326
Liberation331
10Dvaita Vedanta
Background to the school340
Main proponents and commentators342
Reality: the Dvaita view of the world342
Padarthas: categories of reality348
Epistemology349
Pramanas357
Error354
The self355
Causality361
The concept of God364
Liberation369
Conclusion
Notes382
Glossary422
Bibliography434
Index444

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