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New Perspectives in Indian Philosophy

Daya Krishna (Author)
Synopsis Indian philosophy, till now, has been generally presented in a a-historical manner and in such a way as if there were no problems about it. The present book challenges this way of presentation both at the general as well as the specific levels. It starts with a plea for a new history of philosophy in India and ends with a reply to two controversies—one relating to Vedanta and the other to Nyaya epitomised in the twin statements: "Shock-proof, Evidence-proof, Argument-proof world of Sampradayika scholarship in Indian philosophy" and "Nyaya: realist or idealist: is the debate ended, the argument completed". These two titles summarise the new way of looking at Indian philosophy, whether it be Mimamsa or Nyaya or Vedanta or Buddhism or Jainism. The questioning spirit raises fundamental doubts about the basic presuppositions axiomatically accepted by all scholars who have written on Indian philosophy up till now. The argument and the evidence questions the presuppositions, reveals the ‘blindness’ of the scholarship and exposes the ‘belief structures’ on which the presentation has been based. The doctrines of adhyasa, arthavada, pratityasamutpada and anekant are subjected to a close examination and it is shown that the philosophical superstructure of Vedanta, Mimamsa, Buddhism and Jainism, which are built on these foundations, cannot stand the close scrutiny of reason.
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About the author

Daya Krishna

Daya Krishna was Profesor of Philosophy at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. He has written extensively on Indian Philosophy and his major works include Indian Philosophy: a Counter-Perspectives (1991-96), New Perspectives in Indian Philosophy (1991), Indian Philosophy: A New Approach (1992). His most recent work on Indian Philosophy is Developments in India Philosophy from 18th century Onwards: Classical and Modern (2002). He has also edited India’s Intellectual Traditions (1987-2003), and Bhakti: A Contemporary Discussion (2000) and written A Prolegomena to any future Historiography of Cultures and Civilisations (1997). A collection of his philosophical writings has been published under the title The Art of the Conceptual: Explorations in a Conceptual Maze over three decades (1989). A Work on his ‘philosophy’ has been published entitled The Philosophy of Daya Krishna (1996).

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Bibliographic information

Title New Perspectives in Indian Philosophy
Author Daya Krishna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 817033652X
length viii+268p., Notes; References; Appendix; 23cm.