Any discourse on Indian philosophy has to be taken out of the box in which it was confined for ages using obsolete methods for evaluating thinking patterns. In the traditional way of analysing Indian philosophy there was an inimical approach to each other between the philosophers and the philologists, and between the Sanskrit tradition-oriented philosophers and modern English/vernacular-based philosophers. This friction is evident in the hesitation of the traditionalists in giving philosophers like Daya Krishna and K.C. Bhattacharyya their due share.
The twelve essays in this volume address many a question about the characteristics of Indian philosophical traditions and Indian-ness. Indian philosophy is essentially not Sanskrit based alone, there is a significant contribution to it from the South Asian languages and English, and the cultures of the subcontinent. It attempts to provide provocative insights in sharing the author’s penetrative acumen both in his traditional and modern approaches to South Asian intellectual systems. It therefore addresses the prejudice between the East and the West, and traditional and modern, and the concerns of South Asian diaspora in the Western countries.
As far as this anthology is concerned, the icing on the cake is the Foreword by Dr Mrinal Kaul, who critically analyses the major developments taken place in the realm of Indian philosophy in the last few decades, critically appreciating the contents.
Foreword by Mrinal Kaul
Comparative Philosophy: Problems and Approaches
Countering Epistemological Scepticism: The Bhatta View of Counter Argument as Represented in Manameyodaya
Inference as a Means of Valid Knowledge in Indian Epistemological Tradition
The Impact of Navya-Nyaya on Sanskrit Poetics with Special Reference to Jagannatha Pandita
Nyaya and Other Systems of Indian Philosophy
The Hermeneutics of Shankara: Some Methodological Musings
Kerala’s Vedantic Heritage
Contribution of Kerala to Mimamsa Philosophy
Influence of Purva-Mimamsa on Alamkarashastra
Influence of Buddhist Philosophy on Mahima Bhatta
References to Buddhist Philosophy in Dhvanyaloka
Influence of Nyaya–Vaisheshika Philosophy on Alamkarashastra