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By Roy W. Perrett

ISBN-10: 052161869X

ISBN-13: 9780521618694

This wide-ranging advent to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for newcomers. via special explorations of the whole diversity of Indian philosophical matters, together with a few metaphilosophical matters, it offers readers with non-Western views on important components of philosophy, together with epistemology, good judgment, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are dependent thematically, with every one together with feedback for extra examining. this offers readers with an educated evaluation when allowing them to target specific issues if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are followed by means of authorial motives and contextualisations, giving the reader an realizing of the argumentative context and philosophical form of Indian texts. a close thesaurus and a consultant to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for examining and realizing Sanskrit phrases and names. The e-book might be a vital source for either newcomers and complicated scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.

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500 bce), part of the great Mahābhārata epic. The Upaniṣads are sometimes represented as the quintessence of Indian philosophy. This is unfortunate for at least two reasons. First, although these texts are philosophically suggestive, they are nowhere near as systematic or rigorously argumentative as classical Indian philosophical works from, say, the fifth century onwards. Indeed, given a more austere conception of what philosophy is, the Upaniṣads are probably better represented as Indian proto-philosophy.

Why can we not do the same with the Indian practices we now call ‘Indian philosophy’? In sum, then, the secularity condition, the historicist condition, and the lexical equivalence condition all seem implausible candidates for being a necessary condition for philosophy. The argumentation condition is a much more plausible candidate, if construed generously enough, but then the standard works of Indian philosophy would also satisfy that condition. True, a more austere construal of the argumentation condition might disqualify some of these Indian texts from being counted as philosophy, but there would still remain a very large number of Indian texts that would satisfy even such a strengthened condition.

When someone says of something, ‘That is not art’, they may be saying (descriptively) that it is not a member of the class of artworks, or they may be saying (evaluatively) that while it may be a member of the class of artworks, it is not a member of the class of good artworks. After all, something can be art without being good art. Similarly, to say something is not philosophy may be a descriptive claim or an evaluative one, for something can be philosophy without being good philosophy. But determining the descriptive range of the term is, in an important fashion, logically prior to determining its evaluative range: although something can be philosophy without being good philosophy, nothing can be good philosophy without being philosophy.

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