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Classical Indian Philosophy: A Reader

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Deepak Sarma completes the first outline in more than fifty years of India's key philosophical traditions, inventively sourcing seminal texts and clarifying language, positions, and issues. Organized by tradition, the volume covers six schools of orthodox Hindu philosophy: Mimamsa (the study of the earlier Vedas, later incorporated into Vedanta), Vedanta (the study of the ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Columbia University Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Clearly compiled by a religious studies scholar. There is no doubt that the Indian philosophical tradition is often inextricable from theological and other religious traditions, but given the small amount of space here, too much is given to selections that do not have all that much philosophical import. Where texts have both religious and philosophical import, the texts or selections from texts are not edited to remove materials that have not very much to do with philosophy except in a too-broad ...more
May 07, 2015 Ethan rated it liked it
In teaching a survey course on Indian philosophy, I was looking for something newer than the old Radhakrishnan and Moore Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy. Sarma's book is newer, but I'm not sure it's better overall.

Sarma's structure of writing a modern day doxography (like the Sarvadarśanasṃgraha) with his favored Dvaita Vedānta as the ultimately true school is a nice touch. It does have mostly correct basic overviews of each school and includes a lot of the schools I wanted to cover, but it's n
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