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Carvaka/Lokayata: An Anthology of Source Materials and some Recent Studies

Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya (Editor)
Synopsis The ancient Indian materialistic thought system known as Carvaka or Lokayata formed the most redoubtable intellectual and doctrinal sect outside the Vedic fold. Despite intense persecution from orthodoxy, it stood its ground unfailingly and left a powerful impress on the corpus of Indian literature from the Vedas to the Upanisads and later. The irreproachable logic of its basic stance still appeals to perceptive minds. In this anthology almost all the available materials on Carvaka and Lokayata have been methodically arranged. They are divided into three sections, the first providing the text from traditional sources, the second being devoted to modern studies on the system, and the third offering a critical survey of Jayarasi’s Tattvopaplavasimha. The English rendering closely follows the original text. The present compilation furnishes a full profile of one of the most controversial thought systems in India. The volume can be counted as a major contribution to the field of Indian philosophical studies. Teaches and researchers as well as students of Indian materialism and Indology should find it indispensable.
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About the author

Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya

Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya (1918-1993) had been a National Fellow of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research and Visiting Professor in several universities of India. Among his published works on philosophy and history of science, the following books deserve special mention: Lokayata: A Study in Ancient Indian Materialism; What Is Living and What Is Dead in Indian Philosophy; Indian Atheism; Science and Society in Ancient India; Religion and Society; and History of Science and Technology in Ancient India: The Beginnings.

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Title Carvaka/Lokayata: An Anthology of Source Materials and some Recent Studies
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 3rd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185636117
length xv+543p., Index; 23cm.