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History of Indian Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by Purushottama Bilimoria


612 pages

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The History of Indian Philosophy is a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the movements and thinkers that have shaped Indian philosophy over the last three thousand years. An outstanding team of international contributors provide fifty-eight accessible chapters, organised into three clear parts:


  • knowledge, context, concepts
  • philosophical traditions
  • engaging and encounters: modern and postmodern.


This outstanding collection is essential reading for students of Indian philosophy. It will also be of interest to those seeking to explore the lasting significance of this rich and complex philosophical tradition, and to philosophers who wish to learn about Indian philosophy through a comparative lens.


'This book is an outstanding achievement of scholarship, breadth of representation, historical nuance, and wide accessibility. The volume contains key articles across a range of areas in mind, knowledge, and reality. This book will be an important resource for both specialists and generalists of Indian philosophy as well as those in Western philosophy seeking to gain an understanding of the vast traditions and complex arguments that make up Indian philosophy.'

Anand Vaidya, San Jose State University, USA

'This meticulously crafted volume, exhaustive in its historical reach and judicious in its choice of topics, promises to become an indispensable resource for both scholars and students of the Indian philosophical tradition.'

Saranindranath Tagore, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Table of Contents

I Knowledge, context, concepts

1 Interpretations and interventions: Indian philosophy and the cosmopolitan approach

Christian Coseru

2 Methodology in Indian philosophy

Nirmalya N. Chakraborty, with Prabal Kumar Sen

3 Pramāna epistemology: origins and developments

Purushottama Bilimoria

4 Buddhist hermeneutics

John Powers

5 Process philosophy and phenomenology of time in Buddhism

Hari Shankar Prasad

6 Philosophy and religion in India

Jessica Frazier

7 Indian skepticism

Raghunath Ghosh

8 Self in Indian philosophy: questions, answers, issues

Michael P. Levine

9 Contents of consciousness: perception

Monima Chadha

10 Indian materialism

Raghunath Ghosh

IIa Philosophical traditions

11 Philosophy of the Brāmanas

Herman Tull

12 Upanisads

Brian Black

13 Sāmkhya

Mikel Burley

14 The diverse traditions of Sāmkhya

Knut A. Jacobsen

15 Mīmāmsā

Elisa Freschi

16 The categories in Vaisesika: known and named

ShashiPrabha Kumar

17 Nyāya

Stephen Phillips

18 The Nyāya on inference and fallacies

J. L. Shaw

19 Embodied connectionism: Nyāya philosophy of mind

Douglas L. Berger

20 A phenomenological reading of the Nyāya critique of the no- self view: Udayana and the phenomenal separateness of self

Chakravarthi RamPrasad

21 Udayana’s theory of extrinsic validity in his theistic monograph

Taisei Shida

22 Early Vedānta

Andrew J. Nicholson

23 Advaita Vedānta of Śankara

Thomas A. Forsthoefel

24 Avidyā: the hard problem in Advaita Vedānta

Stephen Kaplan

25 Visistādvaita Vedānta

Christopher Bartley

26 An overview of classical Yoga philosophy as a philosophy of embodied self- awareness

Ana Laura Funes Maderey

27 A reassessment of classical Yoga philosophy

Ian Whicher

IIb Philosophical traditions

28 Indian Yogācāra Buddhism: a historical perspective

William S. Waldron

29 Early Mahāyāna

Peter Gilks

30 Abhidharma

Joseph Walser

31 Nāgārjuna

Jay L. Garfield

32 Nāgārjuna’s early Madhyamaka: "deconstruction" and moderation

Douglas L. Berger

33 A spectrum of metaphysical positions concerning the existence or non-existence of a self: Nyāya, Śaiva Siddhānta, Mīmāmsā, Jainism and Buddhism

Alex Watson

34 Svātantrika Madhyamaka metaphysics: Bhāvaviveka’s conception of reality

Sonam Thakchoe

35 The two truths in Madhyamaka: Jñānagarbha

Sonam Thakchoe

36 Vajrayāna Buddhism

Joseph Loizzo, edited by Amy Rayner

IIc Philosophical traditions

37 Hermeneutics: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jaina

Arthur Dudney

38 Basic Jaina epistemology

Jayandra Soni

39 Anekāntavāda, Nayavāda, and Syādvāda: the history and significance of the Jaina doctrines of relativity

Jeffery D. Long

40 Jaina ethics and moral philosophy

Christopher Key Chapple

41 Tantra and Kashmiri Śaivism

David Peter Lawrence

42 Looking beyond the Darsanas: Tantric knowledge systems and Indian philosophy

Jason Schwartz

43 The epistemology of classical Hindu law

Donald R. Davis, Jr.

44 Abhinavagupta

Loriliai Biernacki

45 Cognition and language: Buddhist criticism of Bhartrhari’s thesis

Toshiya Unebe

46 Alamkārkasāstra as a philosophical discipline

David Mellins

47 Indian philosophy of music

William J. Jackson

III Engaging and encounters: modern and postmodern

48 Islamic modernism in India

Muhammad Kamal

49 Gur-Sikh dharam

Balbinder Singh Bhogal

50 Buddhist ethics

Damien Keown

51 Process Buddhism: ethics and social engagement

Peter Paul Kakol, edited by Amy Rayner

52 Indian and European philosophy

Thomas B. Ellis

53 Modern philosophy in India

A. Raghuramaraju

54 Gandhi’s truth: debating Bilgrami

Bindu Puri

55 Understanding Indian philosophical traditions

Anna-Pya Sjödin

56 G. R. Malkani

Sharad Deshpande

57 Postmodern approaches

Carl Olson

58 Philosophy in an age of postcolonialism

Joseph Prabhu


About the Editor

Purushottama Bilimoria is Honorary Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Studies at Deakin University and Senior Fellow with the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been Chancellor’s Scholar. He has been a Fellow at Harvard and Oxford (All Souls and OCHS). He serves as Distinguished Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Faculty at the Center for Dharma Studies in the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, as well as Editor-in-Chief of two journals, Sophia and the International Journal of Dharma Studies. His research and publications are on classical Indian philosophy, emotions, aesthetics, comparative ethics, continental philosophy, comparative philosophy of religion, diaspora, bioethics, secularity and customary law.

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