xix, 364p., Gloss., Bib., Index, 21 cm. (First pub. in 1975, New York)
CONTENTS:- 1. General Introduction. 2. Carvakism: Materialism. 3. Jainism. 4. Buddhism. A - The Budhha's Teachings. B - Philosophical Foundations of the Budhha's Teachings. C - Budhhist Schools of Philosophy. D - Buddhist Psychology and Ethics. 5. Samkhya. 6. Yoga. 7. Vaisesika. 8. Nyaya. 9. Vedanta. 10. Time and History in the Indian Tradition. 11. A Glimpse at the Contemporary Scene.
Indian philosophy reflects some of the earliest thought-traditions in human history. Its foundations can be traced to ancient minds and their capacity for insatiable curiosity and constant meditation. The Indian thinkers of old aimed their pragmatic philosophies at not just the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity or pursuit of theoretical truths but actually the assimilation of intellectually discerned and established truths into one's own personality for a life of freedom and enlightenment. This is true of modern Indian philosophers, like Sri Aurobindo and Dr. Radhakrishnan, as well. Fundamentals of Indian Philosophy reflects the vastness and richness of this philosophic tradition in a comprehensive and all-embracing yet compact presentation that lays bare the essentials of Indian philosophy. Dr. R. Puligandla takes special care to emphasise the methods, temper and goals of Indian philosophy even while delving into the specificities. All the major schools of the philosophic tradition are objectively and thoroughly analysed - the Carvaka materialism, Jainism, Buddhism, Yoga, Vedanta among them. The author details the undeniably bold and original ideas of the Indian thinkers - that awe the reader at times with their brilliant insight and element of truth - in an approach sincerely aimed at an all-round understanding of the basics of Indian philosophy. This survey not only introduces the readers to issues and answers but also goes to provide the necessary motivation and resources for further study. Complete with an extensive index and a glossary of Sanskrit terms, this text book would prove to be invaluable for students keen to acquire a thorough grounding in the subject. It will also serve as an indispensable reference book for professors and scholars of Indian philosophy.