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A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy


Author Chandradhar Sharma
Publisher Motilal Banarasi Das
Language English
Edition 3rd - edition,
ISBN 978-81-208-0365-7
Pages 414
Cover Paperback
Size 14 x 2 x 21 (l x w x h )
Item Code MLBD0084
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A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy The aim of this work has been to give a clear, comprehensive and critical account of the various systems of Indian philosophy. The book will be found useful by all those who want a clear and accurate exposition of the development of Indian philosophical thought in one volume which is neither too small nor too big. On almost all fundamental points the author has either quoted from the original texts or referred to them to enable the interested reader to compare the interpretations with the texts. Throughout the exposition of the different systems which involve criticism and evaluation, the author has tried to be fair and impartial to them and to present many difficult and obscure points in a clear and correct manner. Ignorance of Indian philosophy, especially of Buddhism and Vedanta, is still profound and has given rise to uninformed or ill-informed accounts and misleading criticisms. It has been the aim of the book to remove such misconceptions. Honest difference of opinion in interpretation is legitimate in philosophy, but it does not entitle us to impose our own preconceived notions on a system which are repelled by its original texts. The work is only an outline of a vast subject and has no pretensions of completeness.

The present treatise is a critical study of different systems of Indian Philosophy based on original sources and its principal value lies in their interpretation. On almost all fundamental points the author has quoted from the original texts to enable the reader to compare the interpretations with the text. The book opens with a survey of Indian philosophical thought as found in the Vedas, the Upanishads and Bhagavadgita. It proceeds to the study of Materialism, Jainism and Early Buddhism, Sunyavada, Vijnanavada and Svatantra Vijnanavada. It expounds on the tenets of the six systems of Indian Philosophy with special reference to Sankara, the pre-Sankara and the post-Sankara Vedanta, and the essentials of Buddhism and Vedanta in comparison and contrast. It discusses the doctrines of Vedanta as interpreted by Ramanuja, Madhva, Nimbarka, Vallabha, Caitanya and Aurobindo. It also contains a clear exposition of Saiva Siddhanta, Kashmir Saivism and Sakta Schools.

Professor Dr Chandradhar Sharma is a well-known name in the area of philosophy. He enjoys an international reputation as an eminent scholar of Indian and comparative philosophy. After serving Banaras Hindu University for twelve years he was invited to the Chair of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur which he occupied for about twenty years. He has been a Visiting Professor at the U.S.A., U.G.C. and the University of Allahabad.



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