An Introduction to Indian Philosophy offers a profound yet accessible survey of the development of India's philosophical tradition. Beginning with the formation of Brahmanical, Jaina, Materialist, and Buddhist traditions, Bina Gupta guides the reader through the classical schools of Indian thought, culminating in a look at how these traditions inform Indian philosophy and society in modern times. Offering translations from source texts and clear explanations of philosophical terms, this text provides a rigorous overview of Indian philosophical contributions to epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and ethics. This is a must-read for anyone seeking a reliable and illuminating introduction to Indian philosophy.
Bina Gupta is Curators' Distinguished Research Professor, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of South Asian Studies at the University of Missouri.
Preface. Abbreviations Part 1 1. Introduction Part 2: The Foundations 2. The Vedas 3. The Upanisads. Appendix I Translations of Selected Texts Part 3: Non-Vedic Systems 4. The Cavaka Darsana and the Sramanas 5. The Jaina Darsana 6. The Bauddha Darsana. Appendix II Translations of Selected Texts from Non-Vedic Systems Part 4: The Ancient Systems 7. The Mimamsa Darsana 8. The Samkhya Darsana 9. The Yoga Darsana 10. The Vaisesika Darsana 11. The Nyaya Darsana. Appendix III Translations of Selected Texts from the Ancient Systems Part 5: Systems with Global Impact 12. The Buddhist Schools 13. The Vedanta Darsana. Appendix IV Translations of Selected Texts from the Buddhist Schools and the Vedanta Darsana Part 6: The Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita 14. The Bhagavad Gita Part 7: Modern Indian Thought 15. Modern Indian Thought. Endnotes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index