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Time in Indian Philosophy: A Collection of Essays

H.S. Prasad (Editor)
Synopsis This is a collection of essays and passages on time inj non-Buddhist philosophical systems of India. These essays were originally published in various journals and books, most of which are now inaccessible. The primary aim of reprinting them herein is to make them available to interested readers and researchers. The contributors, some of whom are great stalwarts of Indian philosophy are: Raimundo Panikkar, Mircea Eliade, H. de Willman-Grabowska, A.K. Coomarswamy, V.M. Bedekar, Arvind Sharma, Satya Vrat, J. Scheftelowitz, Jean Przyluski, O.G. von Wesendonk, J.F. Fleet, R.S. Khare, R. Puligandla, Richard Lannoy, Sadananda Bhaduri, A.B. Keith, B. Faddegon, M. Hiriyanna, Umesh Mishra, Sanat Kumar Sen, Indukala Jhaveri, Harisatya Bhattacharya, T.M.P. Mahadevan, Umesh Chandra Bhattacharya, Sukumar Ranjan Das, K.C. Varadachari, J.N. Chubb, G.R. Malkani, G.S. Herbert, Navijivan Rastogi and Ruth Reyna. In this introductory essay, Hari Shankar Prasad presents, in brief, a critical evaluation of the Indian philosophical views of time, and reconstructs the philosophy of time showing its linguo-centricity and subjectivity. He treats time as the underlying a priori explanatory principle of all changes, events, happenings, processes, and subsistence of beings, and as the single most co-ordinating factor of all experiences and reflections. Prasad denies cosmic significance and metaphysical truth of time, and thinks that reality of time is a source of metaphysical confusions; but he accepts the cultural significance of the myths and images of time which serve the purpose of revealing reality to human beings; and in this sense, he takes them as indicative of truth.
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About the author

H.S. Prasad

H S Prasad (b. 1953), M.A. from Banaras Hindu University and Ph.D. from the Australian National and Ph.D. from the Australian national University, is a recipient of a number of academic awards. At present, he is a Research Scientist teaching in the Philosophy Department at the University of Delhi since 1983. Prasad has published in Journal of Indian Philosophy, East and West, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Paramarsa, Journal professors' World Peace Academy. His other books include: (1) Amala Prajna: Aspects of Buddhist Studies (co-edited with N.H. Samtani), (2) The Utlaratantra of Maitreya, (3) Time in Indian Philosophy (edited) and (4) The Buddhist Philosophy of Time. Currently hei s working on the Buddhist theory of meaning and a critical edition of the Bodhicaryavatara of Santideva with Prajnakaramati's Panjika.

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Title Time in Indian Philosophy: A Collection of Essays
Author H.S. Prasad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170302676
length xii+740p., Tables; Bibliography; 23cm.