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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroductions India and the History of PhilosophyDefining the Subject MatterHistories of Western PhilosophySecular Reason and the Dichotomy of Tradition vs ModernityIndian Materialism - A Counter-Example Can Philosophy be IndianIs there 'Philosophy' in Ancient India?Why consider 'Indian Philosophy'? The Varieties of Hindu PhilosophyThe Origins and Nature of Hindu PhilosophyBhartrhari and the Philosophy of Linguistic AnalysisThe Varieties of Hindu PhilosophyThe Prior Exegesis SchoolThe Later Exegesis or 'End of the Vedas' SchoolThe Particularist SchoolThe School of ReasoningThe School of EnumerationThe Classical Yoga School Buddhist Philosophy in IndiaBuddhism in IndiaThe Doctrinal Foundation of Buddhist PhilosophyThe Buddhist Philosophy of No-Abiding-SelfMainstream Buddhist PhilosophyMah y na Buddhism in India Ontology: What Really Exists?Vai esika: Classifying RealityReality as Process: The Abhidharma ResponseRejecting the Ontology: The Mah y na Philosophy of Emptiness Epistemology: How do we know what we know?The Foundations of KnowledgeInference and the Ny ya SchoolEmptiness and N g rjuna's Critique of Pram na Theory Perception: Do we see things as they are?The Nature of PerceptionPerception in Advaita Ved nta: Reconciling the Everyday World and MonismThe Image Theory of Perception Consciousness and the Body: What are we?The Dualism of the S mkhya Philosophy of varakrsnaThe Yoga System of Patanjali Creation and Causality: Where do we come from?Myth and HistoryAncient Indian CosmogoniesCreation and Causality in BuddhismGod and Causality in BuddhismGod and Causality in Ny ya-Vai esikaCausal Theory in S mkhya and YogaThe Early Ved nta of the Brahma S tra ankara and the Philosophy of Non-DualismCausal Theory in AdvaitaR m nuja and Non-Dualism of the Qualified Philosophy in a Post-Colonial WorldPostmodernism, Ethnocentricity and Western PhilosophyThe Politics of TranslationStuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Entering the Western Philosophical ArenaConclusion Bibliography of Cited Works index and Glossary of Important Sanskrit Terms

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Richard King is a reader in religious studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He is the author of three previous books on the topic, including Orientalism and Religion (Routledge, 1999).


A balanced and thorough introduction to basic issues and important figures in Hindu and Buddhist thought... The book is impressively comprehensive despite its brevity. Religious Studies Review

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