A Paperback edition by Sue Hamilton in English (Dec 1, 2001)
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Until recently it was widely believed that India is 'mystical' and the West is 'rational', and many still hold this view. But in fact Indian thought has a strong tradition of... Read more
Until recently it was widely believed that India is 'mystical' and the West is 'rational', and many still hold this view. But in fact Indian thought has a strong tradition of rationality, as this Very Short Introduction explains. Starting with the very beginnings of philosophizing in India, Sue Hamilton shows how and why philosophical debate developed, flourished, and proliferated into a variety of schools of thought. In highlighting its key features, she draws the reader into the world of 'classical' Indian philosophy, illustrating the different ways in which the great Indian thinkers interpreted and sought to understand the nature of reality.
Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction Paperback edition by Sue Hamilton
Preface ; Introduction ; 1. The Brahmanical beginnings: Vedic sacrifice and the early Upanisads ; 2. Beyond Brahmanism: the Buddha and other renouncers ; 3. Issues and justifications: language, grammar, and the emerging of polemics ; 4. Nyaya and Vaisesika ; 5. Developments in Buddhist thought: Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogicara ; 6. Yoga and Samkhya ; 7. Grammar again, and the exegetical traditions: Bhartrhari, Mimamsa, and Vedanta ; Further reading ; Index
Sue Hamilton was a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College, London. Her publications include Early Buddhism: A New Approach (2000), and she is co-editor (with Peter Connolly) of Indian Insights: Buddhism, Brahmanism and Bhakti (1997).
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