The selection of essays in this volume aims to present Indian philosophy as an autonomous intellectual tradition, with its own internal dynamics, rhythms, techniques, problematics and approaches, and to show how the richness of this tradition has a vital role in a newly emerging global and international discipline of philosophy, one in which a diversity of traditions exchange ideas and grow through their interaction with one another.
This new volume is an abridgement of the four-volume set, Indian Philosophy, published by Routledge in 2016. The selection of chapters was made in collaboration with the editors at Routledge. The purpose of this volume is to reintroduce the heritage of ‘Indian Philosophy’ to a contemporary readership by acquainting the reader with some of the core themes of Indian philosophy, such as the concept of philosophy, philosophy as a search for the self, Buddhist philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, language and logic.
Table of Contents
1. On the concept of philosophy in India 2. Rationality in Indian philosophy 3. Intellectual India: reason, identity, dissent 4. The Upaniṣads 5. Hidden in the Cave: the Upaniṣadic self 6. Indian theories of mind 7. From the five agreggates to phenomenal consciousness: towards a cross-cultural cognitive science 8. Subjectivity, selfhood, and the use of the word ‘I’ 9. The self as a dynamic constant: Rāmakaṇṭha's middle ground between a Naiyāyika eternal self-substance and a Buddhist stream of consciousness-moments 10. Arguing from synthesis to the self: Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta respond to Buddhist No-selfism 11. ‘I am of the nature of seeing’: phenomenological reflections on the Indian notion of witness-consciousness 12. The Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika theory of universals 13. Objectivity and proof in a classical Indian theory of number 14. A realist view of perception 15. Nyāya perceptual theory: disjunctivism or anti-individualism? 16. The context principle and some Indian controversies over meaning 17. Bhartṛhari’s wiew of sphoṭa 18. “Ākāśa” and other names 19. Semiotic conceptions in the Indian theory of argumentation 20. Jaina logic and the philosophical basis of pluralism
Jonardon Ganeri is a philosopher, specializing in philosophy of mind and in South Asian and Buddhist philosophical traditions.