History of Philosophy in India

History of Philosophy in India


Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri (Professors of Philosophy at LMU Munich and NYU) present the philosophical traditions of India. Website: www.historyofphilosophy.net.


HPI 38 - A Day in the Life - Theories of Time  

Ancient Indian cosmology and the Vaiśeṣika defense of the reality of time and space.

HPI 37 - The Whole Story - Vaisesika on Complexity and Causation  

The Vaiśeṣika response to Buddhist skepticism about wholes made up of parts.

HPI 36 - Fine Grained Analysis - Kanada’s Vaisesika-Sutra  

The Vaiśeṣika school offers a metaphysical analysis of the world and an atomistic physics.

HPI 35 - Ujjwala Jha and V.N. Jha on Nyaya  

Prof Jha and Prof Jha discuss the theories and later influence of the Nyāya school.

HPI 34 - The Truth Shall Set You Free - Nyaya on the Mind  

Nyāya proposes that each of us has both a self and a mind, in addition to the body.

HPI 33 - Standard Deductions - Nyaya on Reasoning  

Gautama and his commentators tell us how to separate good inferences from bad ones.

HPI 32 - What You See Is What You Get - Nyaya on Perception  

Nyāya philosophers explain how perception can bring us knowledge.

HPI 31 - Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire - Gautama’s Nyaya-Sutra  

The Nyāya-Sūtra inaugurates a tradition of logical and epistemological analysis.

HPI 30 - Philipp Maas on Yoga  

A leading expert on the founding text of Yoga tells us why, when, and by whom it was written.

HPI 29 - Practice Makes Perfect - Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra  

Yoga as presented by Patañjali offers a practical complement to the Sāṃkhya theory of the cosmos and the self.

HPI 28 - Who Wants to Live Forever? - Early Ayurvedic Medicine  

Philosophical aspects of Ayurveda, focusing on the oldest surviving medical treatise, the Caraka-Samhita.

HPI 27 - The Theory of Evolution - Isvarakrsna’s Samkhya-karika  

The oldest treatise of Sāṃkhya enumerates the principles of the cosmos and of the human mind.

HPI 26 - Francis Clooney on Vedanta  

Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Vedānta.

HPI 25 - Communication Breakdown - Bhartrihari on Language  

The grammarian Bhartṛhari argues that the study of language is the path to liberation, because the undivided reality underlying language is brahman.

HPI 24 - No Two Ways About It - Sankara and Advaita Vedanta  

Śaṅkara and his “non-dual” (Advaita) Vedānta, which teaches that only brahman is real, and the world of experience and individual self are mere illusion.

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HPI 23 - Source Code - Badarayana’s Vedanta-sutra  

The founding text of the Vedānta school, the Vedānta- or Brahma-Sūtra, interprets the Upaniṣads as teaching that all things derive from brahman.

HPI 22 - Elisa Freschi on Mimamsa  

Mīmāṃsā expert Elisa Freschi speaks to Peter about philosophical issues arising from the interpretation of the Veda.

HPI 21 - Innocent Until Proven Guilty - Mimamsa on Knowledge and Language  

The Mīmāṃsā school put their faith in sense experience, and argue that the Veda, and hence language itself, had no beginning.

HPI 20 - Master of Ceremonies - Jaimini’s Mimamsa-Sutra  

In the Mīmāṃsā school’s founding text, Jaimini systematizes Vedic ritual and explores its theoretical basis.

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