An Introduction to Indian Philosophy by Roy W. Perrett

By Roy W. Perrett

This wide-ranging creation to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for newcomers. via distinctive explorations of the total variety of Indian philosophical matters, together with a few metaphilosophical concerns, it presents readers with non-Western views on critical components of philosophy, together with epistemology, good judgment, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are established thematically, with every one together with feedback for extra analyzing. this gives readers with an educated review while allowing them to target specific themes if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are followed via authorial motives and contextualisations, giving the reader an knowing of the argumentative context and philosophical form of Indian texts. an in depth word list and a advisor to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for examining and knowing Sanskrit phrases and names. The e-book might be an important source for either novices and complicated scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.

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Org/9780521618694 � Roy W. Perrett 2016 This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press. First published 2016 Printed in the United Kingdom by Clays, St Ives plc A catalogue record for this publication is available from the British Library ISBN 978-0-521-85356-9 Hardback ISBN 978-0-521-61869-4 Paperback Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party internet websites referred to in this publication, and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.

While the primary focus in succeeding chapters of this book is on texts from the classical and medieval periods of Indian philosophy, a few words more about all four periods may be helpful to the reader in contextualizing what is to follow. The ancient period of Indian philosophy The earliest Indian religious texts are the Vedas. These include hymns to the gods and manuals of sacrificial ritual, but also the beginnings of Indian philosophy proper. Thus we find in the early Vedic texts speculations about the origins of existence and prefigurements of important later concepts like karma and moral order (rṭa).

Moreover, there are major commonalities between both the orthodox Hindu and heterodox Buddhist and Jaina philosophers – though there are also some significant differences. In this chapter we begin by outlining the structure of classical Hindu ethics and its theories of the good and the right. We then consider some arguments for the primacy of the value of liberation, a claim common to both orthodox and heterodox Indian value theorists, before focusing on some of the distinctive features of Buddhist and Jaina ethics.

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