An Introduction to Indian Philosophy offers a profound yet accessible survey of the development of India’s philosophical tradition. Beginning with the formation of Brahma¿ical, 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.
Key Updates in the Second Edition
Reorganized into seven parts and fifteen chapters, making it easier for instructors to assign chapters for a semester-long course.
Continues to introduce systems historically, but focuses on new key questions and issues within each system.
Details new arguments, counter arguments, objections, and their reformulations in the nine schools of Indian philosophy.
Offers expanded discussion of how various schools of Indian philosophy engaged with each other.
Highlights key concepts and adds new grey boxes to explain selected key concepts.
Includes a new section that problematizes the Western notion of "philosophy."
New Suggested Readings sections placed at the end of each chapter, which include recommended translations, bibliography of important works, and pertinent recent scholarship for each school.
Adds a new part (Part III) that explains the difficulties involved in translating from Sanskrit into English, discusses fundamental concepts and conceptual distinctions often used to present Indian phil