India has a long, rich, and diverse tradition of philosophical thought, spanning some two and a half millennia and encompassing several major religious traditions. In this intriguing introduction to Indian philosophy, the diversity of Indian thought is emphasized. It is structured around six schools of thought that have received classic status.
Sue Hamilton explores how the traditions have attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of inner or spiritual quest and introduces distinctively Indian concepts, such as karma and rebirth. She also explains how Indian thinkers have understood issues of reality and knowledge - issues that are also an important part of the Western philosophical tradition.
The idea of distilling thousands of years of Indian philosophical thought into less than 200 pages may seem impossible, but British scholar Sue Hamilton does a superb job with her airtight and accessible introduction, which eloquently parses out the philosophy's tenets, frames it around the six darsanas, and illustrates its unique and inextricable link with Indian religion.
Neil Shah’s approachable yet authoritative tone suits the subject matter perfectly in this refreshingly simple but never condescending audiobook that’s palatable to all audiences.
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