Indian Philosophy
An Introduction
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810352 / 1554810353
  • 218 pages; 6" x 9"

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Indian Philosophy

An Introduction

  • Publication Date: December 7, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810352 / 1554810353
  • 218 pages; 6" x 9"

This book introduces the vast topic of Indian philosophy. It begins with a study of the major Upanishads, and then surveys the philosophical ideas contained in the Bhagavadgita. After a short excursion into Buddhism, it summarizes the salient ideas of the six systems of Indian philosophy: Nyaya, Vaisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva Mimamsa, and Vedanta. It concludes with an introduction to contemporary Indian thought.


“Written in an easy-flowing style, Professor Ram Murty’s Indian Philosophy: An Introduction can serve as an ideal textbook for undergraduates interested in Indian philosophy. The chapters are well-structured, and the chapter on Modern Thought is especially attractive as it illustrates the application of Indian philosophical concepts in the lives of some contemporary thinkers.” — Trichur S. Rukmani, Professor Emeritus and former Chair in Hindu Studies at Concordia University

“Professor Murty’s book provides a unique Neo-Vedantic perspective on Indian philosophy in the grand tradition of Vivekananda, Aurobindo, and Radhakrishnan. An appendix includes study questions and a guide for undergraduate writers. The book will also be of interest to advanced students, given its copious detail and skillful interpretative framework. Highly recommended.” — Michael W. Myers, Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Religious Studies Program at Washington State University



  • Why Study Indian Philosophy?
    An Outline of Indian Philosophy

1 The Vedas

2 The Upanishads

  • The Isa Upanishad

3 The Kena and Katha Upanishads

  • The Kena Upanishad
    The Katha Upanishad

4 Prasna and Mundaka Upanishads

  • The Prasna Upanishad
    The Mundaka Upanishad

5 The Māndukya, Taittirīya, and Chāndogya Upanishads

  • The Māndukya Upanishad
    The Taittirāya Upanishad
    The Chāndogya Upanishad

6 The Brhadāranyaka and Other Upanishads

  • The Brhadāranyaka Upanishad
    A Brief Look at Some Other Upanishads

7 The Bhagavadgīta

  • The Historical and Literary Background of the Gita
    An Overview of the Bhagavadgīta

8 Buddhism

  • The Story of the Buddha
    Ethical Philosophy of the Dhammapada
    The Expansion of Buddhist Thought

9 Nyāya and Vaisesika

  • Nyāya

10 Sāmkhya and Yoga

  • Sāmkhya

11 Pūrva Mimāmsā and Vedānta

  • Pūrva Mimāmsā

12 Modern Thought

  • Vivekananda

Appendix 1: Possible Topics for Essay 1
Appendix 2: Possible Topics for Essay 2
Appendix 3: How to Write an Essay

Works Cited


M. Ram Murty is Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy at Queen’s University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Indian National Science Academy.

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