Reunderstanding Indian Philosophy (Some Glimpses)

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Item Code: NAE886
Author: S.S Barlingay
Publisher: D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788124601075
Pages: 384
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 600 gm
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About the Book

Is it determined by any geographical boundaries? Does it emerge out of cultural patterns of the society? With such and other basic questions Prof. Barlingay analyses the concepts theories and trends in philosophy as they have developed in our sub-continent over the ages. Although this account of philosophy is called ‘Indian’ he emphasises that the issues discussed by the ancient and medieval philosophers are essentially abstract and there is nothing ‘Indian’ about this philosophy are exclusively. Moreover, the understanding of Indian philosophy that has emerged in the past two centuries owes its direction and commitment to Indologist of Western orientation. Prof. Barlingay’s aim is to overview the Indian philosophy as presented by ancient and medieval philosophers and not the ‘re-routed’ interpretation. Hence, he refers to it as a ‘Re-Understanding ‘. In this challenging endeavor Prof. Barlingay has discussed in–depth and critically the basic issues and problems raised by the orthodox and unorthodox systems like Carvaka, Jain, Buddhism, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva Mimamsa and Vedanta. The book is replete with his logical reasoning. Within its anthropological context the author establishes a epistemological, metaphysical and axiological significance of the Indian philosophy offering the reader a unique insight in the subject.


About the Author

Prof.S.S.Barlingay (1919-1997) would be remembered as a teacher, educationist, journalist, social reformer, political activist rolled in one and for his markedly unorthodox views on different fields ranging from epistemology and logic to aesthetics and social philosophy.

Though a believer in concept of one-world and one international order, his belief in ‘Indianness’ is reflected in many of his writings, philosophic or otherwise. The present book is a unique example of this. Educated in Nagpur, Prof. Barlingay was associated with several national and international institutions from Amalner, Nanded and Pune to SV University, Tirupati, Delhi University, University of Zagreb, Croatia and University of Western Australia, Perth. He was founder editor of Indian philosophical Quarterly and Paramarsh (Hindi and Marathi). Dr. Barlingay was recipient of many academic honours and awards. He was a senior fellow of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICPR), national fellow of ICPR, national lecturer of University Grants Commission of Poona. Prof. Barlingay, traveled extensively in India and abroad, had authored several books in English, Hindi and Marathi.



While the book was at a preparatory stage, our beloved father, Prof. S.S Barlingay passed away. Publication of one of his last works remained our sole consideration. When Shri Susheel K. Mittal of D.K Printworld wished to continue with the publication, our gratitude knew no bounds. We are extremely grateful to Shri Mittal for taking personal interest in the publication of this work.

We are equally grateful to Dr. S.E. Bhelkey, Reader, Department of Philopophy, Pune University , without whose help, this monumental task would have become impossible.

Since the publication of this work was completed after the demise of Prof. Barlingay, some lapses might have remained inspite of all our efforts. We tender our apology for the same.




  Foreword. vii
  The Threshold. 1
1 Reunderstanding Indian philosophy 15
2 Concepts in the Philosophy of Indian Origin 39
3 Some thoughts on the Beginnings of Religion,Philosophy and Culture in Indian context 49
4 The Significance of Pratitya- Samutpada.Samanaya laksana and Apoha in Buddhism 59
5 Some Aspects of Gaudapada's Philosophy 77
6 A Background Picture of Janinism and Buddhism. 89
7 The Theory of Meaning in Indian Grammar System. 105
8 The concepts of Duhkha,Trsna and Vaira as founds in Dhammapada. 117
9 Buddhism and Change. 133
10 Jiva and Ajiva 143
11 Philosophy od Kundakunda. 151
12 The Grammar of Indian Moral Concepts. 175
13 Maya-vada; A critical Examination of the Theory of World-illusion in Post-Sankara Period 195
14 Sankara on Prescriptive abd Descriptive Sentences. 215
15 Vedantic theory and the Practical Vedanta of Swami Vivekananda 223
16 Paryapti Relation 235
17 Nyaya Logic & Epistemology. 243
18 The Concept of Tarka. 273
19 Inductive Elements in Indian Logic. 285
20 The Origin of Indian Idealism. 307
21 Four Phases of Hinduism 315
22 Dialectics: Buddhist and Marxist. 331
23 Indian Philosophy: Retrospect and Prospect. 345
  Index 359
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