Author: Paul Deussen
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812081620X
Paul Deussen published his brilliant German work Die Philosophic der Upanishads in 1899, which was rendered into English by A S Geden in 1906. This rendering has been very much popular ever since despite the fact that the literature in English and other languages on the philosophy of the Upanishads has piled up considerably now.
The philosophy of the Upanishads, according to Paul Deussen, is the culminating point of the Indian doctrine of the universe and this point, he said, had been already reached in Vedic, pre-Buddhistic times; and in philosophical significance has been surpassed by non of the later developments of thought up to the present day.
In view of the importance of Deusses’s work Geden’s English rendering is herein reprinted on a persistent demand by the readers of Indian Philosophy.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE UPANISHADS:
The second period of Indian Philosophy, or the continuance and close of the Times of the Brahmanas
INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE UPANISHADS
1.The Place of the Upanishads in the Literature of the Veda
2.Brief Summary of the History of the Upanishads
3.The Fundamental Conception of the Upanishads and its Significance.
THE SYSTEM OF THE UPANISHADS
FIRST PART: THEOLOGY, OR THE DOCTRINE OF BRAHMAN
1.On the Possibility of Knowing Brahman
2.The Search for Brahman
3.Symbolical Representations of Brahman
4.The Essential Brahman
5.Brahman and the Universe
SECOND PART:COSMOLOGY, OR THEN DOCTRINE OF THE UNIVERSE
6.Brahman as Creator of the Universe
7.Brahman as Preserver and Ruler
8.Brahman as Destroyer of the Universe
9.The Unreality of then Universe
10.The Origin of the Sankhya System
THIRD PART: PSYCHOLOGY, OR THE DOCTRINE OF THE SOUL
11.The Supreme and the Individual Souls
12.The Organs of the Soul
13.The States of the Soul
FOURTH PART : ESCHATOLOGY, OR THE DOCTRINE OF TRANSMIGRATION AND EMANCIPATION, INCLUDING THE WAY THITHER (PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY)
14.Transmigration of the Soul
17.Retrospect of the Upanishads and Their teaching