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Uniqueness of Carvaka Philosophy in Indian Traditional Thought

by: Bhupender Heera

This work is an attempt to reveal the fundamentals of Carvaka philosophy — the materialistic system of thought propounded by the ancient philosophers of India — and its epistemological, metaphysical and ethical concerns. The Carvaka system is compared and contrasted with other systems of ancient philosophy.

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ISBN: 9788186921555
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvi, 128
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23
Weight: 300

Overview

Carvaka is the materialistic system of thought propounded by the ancient philosophers of India. The Carvaka system of philosophy has been much criticized and even ridiculed since the ancient times as the Carvakas have been dubbed as atheists and hedonists. This work is an attempt to reveal the fundamentals of Carvaka philosophy, and its epistemological, metaphysical and ethical concerns. Beginning with the origin and development of Indian materialism, it addresses the controversial and disputed issues regarding Carvaka philosophy on the basis of a profound study of the original sources on the subject and by referring to modern researches on it. It highlights the contributions of the Carvakas in the furtherance of moral and philosophical thoughts and their uniqueness in many respects, such as the Carvaka School being the only one among ancient Indian philosophical schools to accept only one pramana — perception. The Carvaka system is compared and contrasted with other systems of ancient Indian philosophy for the purpose. The book is praiseworthy in its attempt to present its findings in a logical manner.
The book will interest scholars and students of ancient Indian philosophy as well as general readers who are keen to understand ancient Indian philosophy.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement
1. Origin and Development of Indian Materialism
2. Place of Carvaka in Classical Indian Philosophy
3. Fundamentals of Carvaka Philosophy
Four Mahabhutas
Organism
The Evolution of Intellect
Soul
Pramana Vyavastha
Religion
The Authority of Vedas Attacked
Priests Attacked
The Smgrtis and the Puranas
Heaven
Hell
God
Final Liberation
Summum Bonum
4. Epistemology, Metaphysics and Ethics of Carvaka
Epistemology
Metaphysics
Ethics
5. Remarkable Features of Carvaka Philosophy
6. Relevance of Carvaka Philosophy in Modern Times
Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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1976
Dr Bhupender Heera (1976- ) completed his School Education at Katra, the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishnavi Devi Shrine, in Jammu & Kashmir State. After graduating from Govt. Degree College Udhampur, Dr Heera successfully received three year Diploma in Architecture Engineering. Subsequently, in 2001, he obtained M.A. Degree in Buddhist Studies with First Class from the University of Jammu. In 2005, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies from the same university. Dr Heera also obtained M.A. Degree in Philosophy from Gurukul Kangri University Haridwar with First Class in year 2007.
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