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A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy

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Aim in this work has been to give a clear, comprehensive and critical account of the various systems of Indian philosophy. The book will be found useful by all those who want a clear and accurate exposition of the development of Indian philosophical thought in one volume which is neither too small nor too big. On almost all fundamental points the author has either quoted f ...more
Paperback, 415 pages
Published March 6th 2013 by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd. (first published 1991)
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Ruben VK
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
On page 63, Sharma wrote: "Buddha is here transformed into God and worshipped as such. He is identified with transcendental reality and is said to possess the power of reincarnation. The Buddha is the Absolute Self running through all the so-called individual selves. He is the Noumenon behind all phenomena."

To say that any Buddhist school preaches that "the Buddha is the Absolute Self running through all the so-called individual selves" is false and misleading.
Chandra Kanth
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civils-prep
Extraordinary insights on Indian philosophical doctrine.
This is the first book to start with, don't look anywhere else
Marian
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book on comparative philosophy. The author obviously has a good understanding of the various philosophical schools of India. The reason why I rate it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the book is biased towards a particular philosophical system (Advaita Vedanta) and tends to ignore the opposing arguments of the other philosophical schools. Also, there is the idea that the Shunyavadins are Advaitins in disguise and not the other way around. This is absurd, since Shunyavada texts we ...more
Suresh Nair
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a neat book on philosophy. It does not make the reading tedious and suffering as happens with philosophic writings. Chandradhar Sharma writes in a continuous fashion and without any gaps. The concepts in each of the schools of philosophy are clearly explained and where there is a problem of clarity it is do with the multiple layers of the thinking prevalent then. A number of doctrines did coexist and no one replaced another making it difficult to draw a line of demarcation. Overall a ver ...more
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read when I have any doubt in Indian philosophy.. It gives a thorough description of all the systems in Indian philosophy.. What I found more interesting was its detailed description of the schools of Buddhism.. Radhakrishnan is more elaborative and dull and Dasgupta is too lengthy.. This book is always my first choice and the second would be Dutta and Chatterjee..
Vvssb Shankar
An impressive book and comprehensive.
Naresh
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Covers a vast array of ideas. Remains succinct.
Sankalp Agarwal
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This one's a little hard ... But still a good overview of our philosophy :)
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