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Classical Samkhya and Yoga

An Indian Metaphysics of Experience, 1st Edition

By Mikel Burley


240 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Samkhya and Yoga are two of the oldest and most influential systems of classical Indian philosophy. This book provides a thorough analysis of the systems in order to fully understand Indian philosophy. Placing particular emphasis on the metaphysical schema which underlies both concepts, the author adeptly develops a new interpretation of the standard views on Samkhya and Yoga.

Drawing upon existing sources and using insights from both Eastern and Western philosophy and religious practice, this comprehensive interpretation is respectful to the underlying spiritual purpose of the Indian systems. It serves to illuminate the relation between the theoretical and practical dimensions of Samkhya and Yoga. The book fills a gap in current scholarship and will be of interest to those concerned with Indology as well as philosophies in general and their similarities and differences with other traditions.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. An Historical Overview of Samkhya and Yoga 2. The Relation between the Two Darsanas 3. Analysing Experience: Kantian and Phenomenological Philosophy 4. The Imputation of Realism 5. The Nature of Prakrti 6. The Emergence of the Manifest Principles 7. Freedom from Experience 8. Conclusion. Appendix A: The Text of the Samkhyakarika. Appendix B: Diagrammatic Representation of Classical Samkhya’s Metaphysical Schema. Glossary of Key Sanskrit Terms. Notes

About the Author

Mikel Burley received his PhD in Indian philosophy from the University of Bristol, and currently teaches in the School of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. His previous publications include Hatha-Yoga: Its Context, Theory and Practice and numerous articles on both Western and Indian philosophy.

About the Series

Routledge Hindu Studies Series

This series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, intends primarily  the publication of constructive Hindu theological, philosophical and ethical projects aimed at bringing Hindu traditions into dialogue with contemporary trends in scholarship and contemporary society. The series invites original, high quality, research level work on religion, culture and society of Hindus living in India and abroad. Proposals for annotated translations of important primary sources and studies in the history of the Hindu religious traditions will also be considered.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / Hinduism / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies