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The Brahmanical Beginnings

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 3528 words.

The 5th century bce is a good place to start an investigation into Indian philosophy as the Brahmanical tradition, which dominated north India at that time, was the only tradition to secure...

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Categories and Method

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 4145 words.

One of the earliest systems of thought to emerge from the early milieu (2nd century bce), which was concerned with ‘what to look at’, was that of Kaṇāda, as recorded in his Vaiśeṣika Sūtra....

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Indian Philosophy

Sue Hamilton.

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 176 pages.

Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. How have the traditions of...

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Issues and Justifications

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 3858 words.

To the brahmin priests, the changes that took place during the 5th century bce were a serious threat. They felt they needed to take serious steps to defend their practices and worldview....

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Postscript

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 1139 words.

The so-called classical period of Indian thought eventually came to an end. It flourished for 1,500 years, with the first 500 years seeing the most significant activity and variety. This...

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Reason and Belief

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 5453 words.

India has a very long tradition of philosophical debate which has lasted for two and a half millennia and straddles many diverse religious traditions. Philosophy in India is seen as an...

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Renouncing the Household

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 5130 words.

The strictures of the Brahmanical fold were seen as oppressive and some sought alternative socio-religious paths. These people became collectively known as renouncers (śramaṇa). ‘Renouncing...

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Things and No‐things

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 6479 words.

Alongside challenges to the orthodox Brahmanical tradition, Buddhist thought and teachings were also subjected to scrutiny, adaptation, study, and revision. ‘Things and No-things’ tries to...

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The Witness and the Watched: Yoga and Sāṃkhya

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 3138 words.

The mental exercises, or meditative disciplines, known as ‘yoga’ have been a part of Indian tradition since very early times. Over time, many different varieties of yoga have been taught....

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The Word and the Book

Sue Hamilton.

in Indian Philosophy

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: South Asian Philosophy. 4596 words.

After the 4th century bce, traditional Brahmanical thinkers kept up the orthodoxy of grammatical and exegetical work on the Vedic corpus of material which had already been established. But...

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