The Concealed Art of the Soul

The Concealed Art of the Soul : Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology

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In The Concealed Art of the Soul, Jonardon Ganeri presents a variety of perspectives on the nature of the self as seen by major schools of classical Indian philosophy. For Indian thinkers, a philosophical treatise about the self should not only reveal the truth about the nature of the soul, but should also engage the reader in a process of study and contemplation that will eventually lead to self-transformation. By combining careful attention to
philosophical content and sensitivity to literary form, Ganeri deepens our understanding of some of the greatest works in Indian literary history. His magisterial survey includes the Upanisads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahabharata, and the writings of Candrakirti, whose work was later to provide the foundation
for Tibetan Buddhism. Ganeri argues that many Western theories of selfhood are not only present in, but are developed to high degree of sophistication in these writings, and that there are other ideas about the self found in the work of classical Indian thinkers which present-day analytic philosophers have not yet begun to explore.

Scholars and students of philosophy and religious studies, particularly those with an interest in Indian and Western conceptions of the self, will find this book fascinating reading.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 22mm | 575g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0199202419
  • 9780199202416
  • 1,479,125

Table of contents

PART I - SOUL-SEARCHERS AND SOOTH-SAYERS ; PART II - EXHORTATIONS TO ENLIGHTENMENT ; PART III - A SELFLESS PERSON'S SENSE OF SELF ; APPENDICES ; TEXTS AND ABBREVIATIONS ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX
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Ganeri's book is an excellent example of what comparative philosophy can be at its best. * Don S. Levi, Asian Studies * What, then, is this truth? And how must we possess it in order to secure the price? In thi extraordinarily informative, well-written book, Jonardon Ganeri explains how Indian philosophers have tries to answer these two questions...Ganeri's extraordinary book goes a long way toward bringing East and West into fruitful dialogue with each other-a remarkable achievement. * Raymond Martin MIND * Jonardon Ganeri's most recent contribution to the philosophically engaged study of Indian philosophy represents an interesting departure from much of his earlier work...Ganeri has not only fixed his attention on earlier moments in the history of the tradition, but has developed his insights in ways that reflect the cultivation of a distinctly literary sensibility. * Dan Arnold, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Jonardon Ganeri

Jonardon Ganeri is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool.
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