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Categories, Creation and Cognition in Vaiśeṣika Philosophy

Authors: Kumar, ShashiPrabha

  • A key resource based on primary Vaiśeṣika texts
  • Promises to be of interest for beginners as well as advanced researchers
  • Provides both a historical account of Vaiśeṣika thought and current status of Vaiśeṣika studies across the world
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The proposed book presents an overview of select theories in the classical Vaiśeṣika system of Indian philosophy, such as the concept of categories, creation and existence, atomic theory, consciousness and cognition. It also expounds in detail the concept of dharma, the idea of the highest good and expert testimony as a valid means of knowing in Vaiśeṣika thought. Some of the major themes discussed are the religious inclination of Vaiśeṣika thought towards Pasupata Saivism, the affiliation of the Vaiśeṣika System to the basic foundations of Indian philosophical thought, namely Veda and Yoga, and their insights into science, hermeneutics and metaphysics. In addition, this book includes recent Sanskrit commentaries on key Vaiśeṣika texts and provides a glimpse of Vaiśeṣika studies across the world. Overall, this book enunciates the Vaiśeṣika view from original sources and is an important work for Vaiśeṣika studies in current times for serious students as well as researchers. 


About the authors

ShashiPrabha Kumar, PhD, is currently dean, Sri Sankaracarya Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. Till recently (2017), she worked as the senior most faculty member at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Earlier she was the first Vice-Chancellor at Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Through her career spanning forty five years, Professor Kumar has taught Sanskrit studies in general and subjects of Indian philosophy in particular. Her field of specialisation is the Vaiśeṣika system of Indian philosophy, and areas of interest are Vedas, Upanisads and Bhagavadgita. She has 30 books and more than 150 research papers to her credit. Some of her recent publications are Sutra, Smrti and Sastra (New Delhi: 2016), Drops of Vedic Nectar (Delhi: 2016), Sanskrit Studies III (Delhi: 2014), Classical Vaiśeṣika in Indian Philosophy (Oxford: 2013), Sanskrit Across Cultures (Delhi: 2007), Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages (Delhi: 2007), Veda as Word (Delhi: 2006). She is the recipient of several awards, including the President’s Certificate of Honour in Sanskrit (2014).  

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Veda and Vaiśeṣika

    Pages 1-14

    Kumar, ShashiPrabha

  • Yoga and Vaiśeṣika

    Pages 15-32

    Kumar, ShashiPrabha

  • Concept of Categories in Vaiśeṣika

    Pages 33-53

    Kumar, ShashiPrabha

  • Vaiśeṣika Theory of Creation

    Pages 55-65

    Kumar, ShashiPrabha

  • Atomic Theory of Vaiśeṣika

    Pages 67-76

    Kumar, ShashiPrabha

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-2964-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Categories, Creation and Cognition in Vaiśeṣika Philosophy
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-2965-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-2965-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-2964-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 187
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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