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By Roy W. Perrett

This wide-ranging creation to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with no being too technical for novices. via exact explorations of the whole diversity of Indian philosophical matters, together with a few metaphilosophical matters, it offers readers with non-Western views on relevant components of philosophy, together with epistemology, good judgment, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are dependent thematically, with each one together with feedback for additional examining. this offers readers with an educated evaluation when permitting them to target specific themes if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are observed via authorial motives and contextualisations, giving the reader an knowing of the argumentative context and philosophical sort of Indian texts. an in depth word list and a advisor to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for examining and figuring out Sanskrit phrases and names. The e-book can be a necessary source for either newcomers and complex scholars of philosophy and Asian studies.

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Against this trend we want to affirm the importance of truth for our understanding of Indian philosophy and its significance for Western philosophy. What is the relevance of all this to our concerns with Western conceptions of Indian philosophy? Briefly, that it suggests the possibility of a fourth Western conception of Indian philosophy: what we shall call the interlocutory approach. Like their Indian counterparts, Western philosophers have typically aspired to the truth, whatever their differing views about the nature and criterion of truth.

The results of the systematic pursuit of such a global philosophical dialogue are perhaps likely to be the closest to objective truth that we can hope to get. Insofar as it is plausible to suppose that such a result is one desired by Western (and Indian) philosophers, then such philosophers need to embrace this interlocutory conception of Indian philosophy. Suggestions for further reading Recommended alternative introductory surveys of Indian philosophy include Hiriyanna 1932, Potter 1963, Smart 1964 and Mohanty 2000.

PERRETT is a Research Associate of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Hindu Ethics: A Philosophical Study (1998) and Death and Immortality (1987). An Introduction to Indian Philosophy Roy W. Perrett University Printing House, Cambridge CB2 8BS, United Kingdom Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

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