Author: A K Warder
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-208-1244-1
This outline is intended to serve as an introduction for Indian philosophy, providing essential basic material for the study, chronologically arranged with references for further reading.
This volume is the first general introduction, for English-reading students. It shows how Indian philosophers have posed such questions as whether we can be sure we 'know' anything, whether words 'mean' anything, whether it is possible to generalize from observed regularities in nature and whether there is anything in nature, or in 'reality', corresponding to our concept of a 'class'. It traces the sustained and rigorous analysis of such philosophical problems through many centuries, indicating in outline the interrelationships of ideas and 'schools' and development of the theory of knowledge, formal logic and other analytical investigations. The closely related development of science in India is also indicated.
This does not imply that Indian philosophy is the same as 'Western' philosophy or part of it, which would make it redundant and uninteresting. It is interesting in that it discusses similar philosophical problems in different ways, as philosophers elsewhere have. But there is the problem of translation, obvious in most books on Indian tradition, especially, if we compare any two of them. This course is based only on original Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit source translated by the author.
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Sandilya, Yajnavalkya and other Upanisad Speculations
Lokayata, Ajivaka and Ajnana Philosophy
Samkhya and Mimamsa
Dharma and Artha
Ancient Indian science
Abhidharma and Logic
Buddhism : Sthaviravada (Or Theravada) and other Schools
Jaimini and Varsaganya
Further Developments in Logic and Epistemology
Debate and Logic (Caraka and Others)
Aksapada and Nyaya
Idealism : The Later Mahayana Sutras
Post-Dinnaga Brahanical Philosophy
Post-Dinnage Buddhist Philosophy