Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy: On Knowing and What is to Be Known, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy

On Knowing and What is to Be Known, 1st Edition

By ShashiPrabha Kumar


160 pages

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Vaisesika is one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy. It represents a pluralistic realism and is usually held to be an atomistic, metaphysical theory. This book explores the basic tenets of the Vaisesika classical school of Indian philosophy from a new perspective. It argues that it reveals an epistemological formulation of its own, which was diminished due to later developments in the history of Indian philosophical tradition.

Focusing on the principles of knowable objects and the processes of knowing as propounded by the Vaisesika school of Indian Philosophy, the book offers a fuller appreciation of the theories. Providing a balanced approach by examining earliest available material in the original sources of Vaisesika and concentrating on the epistemological pattern adopted therein, it presents an authentic and comprehensive understanding of Vaisesika concepts. This is the first introductory sourcebook in English for the authentic study of Vaisesika, and is of use to students and scholars of World Religion and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Theme of Knowing in Vaisesika: Dharma 3. Objects of Knowing (Padarthas) 4. Methods of Knowing (Sadharmya and Vaidharmya) 5. Modes and Means of Knowing (Jnana-Prakara and Pramana) 6. Agent of Knowing (Atman) 7. Abode and Faculties of Knowing (Sarira and Indriyas) 8. Instrument of Knowing (Manas) 9. Goal of Knowing (Nihsreyasa) 10. An Overview

About the Author

Shashiprabha Kumar is Professor and Chairperson of the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

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:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies