Classical Indian Philosophy

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In this series of episodes, co-authored with Jonardon Ganeri (Professor of Philosophy at NYU, Visiting Professor at King's College London and Professorial Research Associate at SOAS - and author of numerous books and articles on Indian philosophy), Peter considers the rich philosophical tradition of India. The podcasts cover the first thousand years of the history of Indian philosophy, beginning with Vedic literature (including the Upanisads) and ending with the maturation of Buddhist and Jain thought. This timespan will be divided into three ages: the early period of the Vedas and classical Hindu epics, and the emergence of critique from the Buddhists and Jains; the Age of the Sutra, a period of increasing systematicity in which several schools of thought emerged from the brahminical tradition; and finally a look at the critiques of these schools from the Buddhist and Jain traditions. For further reading on these three series and for episode lists see the episode lists below.

Further Reading

S.N. Dasgupta, A History of Indian Philosophy (Cambridge: 1922-55).

E. Franco (ed.), Periodization and Historiography of Indian Philosophy (Vienna: 2013).

J. Ganeri, Philosophy in Classical India (London: 2001).

J. Ganeri (ed.), Indian Logic: a Reader (Richmond: 2000).

W. Halbfass, Tradition and Reflection: Explorations in Indian Thought (Albany: 1991).

S. Hamilton, Indian Philosophy: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford: 2001).

R. King, Indian Philosophy: an Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought (Washington DC: 1999).

D. Krishna, Indian Philosophy: A Counter-Perspective (Oxford, 1992).

B.K. Matilal, Perception: An Essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge (Oxford: 1986).

B.K. Matilal, Mind, Language, and World (Delhi: 2002; reprinted 2015).

B.K. Matilal, Ethics and Epics (Delhi: 2002; reprinted 2015).

B.K. Matilal, Logical and Ethical Issues (New Delhi: 2004).

J.N. Mohanty, Reason and Tradition in Indian Thought (Oxford, 1998).

J.N. Mohanty, Classical Indian Philosophy (London: 2000).

K. Potter (ed.), Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies(Princeton: 1977-).

S. Radhakrishnan and C.A. Moore, A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy (Princeton: 1957).

D. Sharma, Classical Indian Philosophy: A Reader (New York: 2011).

N. Smart, Doctrine and Argument in Indian Philosophy (London: 1964).

Internet Encyclopedia of PhilosophyIndia section.

Numerous entries are also devoted to Indian philosophy on the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

For the historical background also check out the History of India podcast.

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