Non-Buddhist Indian Philosophy

Nalini Bhushan

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Non-Buddhist Indian Philosophy


This part of the book starts by stating that India has a long and rich philosophical tradition, with origins in the ancient Vedic poetic hymns. The text then explains how this part of the book is divided in terms of its analysis of non-Buddhist Indian philosophy. The principal orthodox schools of Indian philosophy, Jain philosophy, and more recent Anglophone Indian philosophy are introduced. The concept of freedom in Indian philosophical schools is highlighted. Freedom in the Indian tradition is intrinsically tied to self-knowledge. The distinction between valid and invalid knowledge is given. Finally, the text here highlights the influence of Western thought on Indian philosophy.

Keywords: Indian philosophy; Jain philosophy; Anglophone Indian philosophy; freedom; self-knowledge

Article.  1155 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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