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By Roy W. Perrett

This wide-ranging creation to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for newcomers. via unique explorations of the entire diversity of Indian philosophical issues, together with a few metaphilosophical concerns, it presents readers with non-Western views on relevant components of philosophy, together with epistemology, good judgment, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are established thematically, with each one together with feedback for extra studying. this offers readers with an educated assessment when permitting them to target specific themes if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are followed by way of authorial motives and contextualisations, giving the reader an figuring out of the argumentative context and philosophical kind of Indian texts. a close thesaurus and a advisor to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for studying and knowing Sanskrit phrases and names. The ebook might be an important source for either newbies and complicated scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.

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We need to begin by distinguishing two senses of ‘philosophy’. One is a familiar non-technical sense of that term: roughly, a complete world-view that could be regarded as providing a fully coherent explanation of everything. Uncontroversially, there is Indian philosophy in this non-technical sense of ‘philosophy’. But there is also a second, more technical sense of ‘philosophy’. Philosophy in this latter sense occurs when we begin to reflect critically on the traditional explanatory world-view: when, for instance, we begin to ask questions about precisely what is explained, how the proffered explanation works, and whether it is superior to rival explanatory candidates.

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.

Chapter 6 draws on ‘Computationality, Mind and Value: The Case of Sāṃkhya-Yoga’, Asian Philosophy 11, 2001, and ‘Personal Identity, Minimalism, and Madhyamaka’, Philosophy East and West 52, 2002. I am grateful to the editors and publishers involved for permission to reprint these materials here. Finally, the book's epigraph is reprinted (with the permission of Wiley) from Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value (Blackwell, 1980). A note on the pronunciation of Sanskrit The vast majority of classical Indian philosophical texts are in Sanskrit, as too are the names of their authors.

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