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Classical Indian Philosophy: An Introductory Text

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In this comprehensive textbook, renowned philosopher J. N. Mohanty examines the range of Indian philosophy from the Sutra period through the 17th century Navya Nyaya. Classical Indian Philosophy is divided into three parts that cover epistemology, metaphysics, and the attempt to transcend the distinction between subject and object. Instead of concentrating on the different ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

There is a widely held view that philosophy in the Indian tradition was inseparable from religion just as religion was deeply philosophical. This book, up until this stage, must have amply demonstrated that the first part of that belief is just not true. --J.N. Mohanty


Let’s start with my bug-a-bear (of which, I’m sure, most of this Review will consist), politely as I can :: the phrase “Eastern Philosophy” is too frequently used as an excuse precisely to refuse to do philosophy. Of course what is
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Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
If you want more information on Indian epistemology(pramana-sastra) and Indian ethics, this is the book for you. None of the other prominent authors, like C.D.Sharma, Radhakrishnan and Dasgupta, can give you points on these subjects as clearly as it is described in this book.. I loved the way it was written..
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in an unusual move, i have decided to increase the rating, to reflect how this compact intro does spur my thoughts, in a kind of metaphysical way as gilles deleuze recommends. there is a series of appendices that spurs this revaluation, the most important an outline summarizing the 'darshana' (schools) of indian thought. i had been frustrated, marking it down, because i was not understanding it, not following a coherent order. this is a mistake, as a glance at the contents page shows the pattern ...more
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In this comprehensive textbook, renowned philosopher J. N. Mohanty examines the range of Indian philosophy from the Sutra period through the 17th century Navya Nyaya. Classical Indian Philosophy is divided into three parts that cover epistemology, metaphysics, and the attempt to transcend the distinction between subject and object. Instead of concentrating on the different systems, Mohanty focuses on the major concepts and problems dealt with in Indian philosophy. The book includes discussions o ...more
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