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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (April 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691019584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691019581
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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"This book . . . is not only for the Western student, but for all of us who must gauge our impacted twentieth-century world and find our path in its confusion."--The New York Times

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The wisdom is ancient, but very applicable for modern times.
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This is an essential book for any one who wishes to develop an understanding of Indian philosophical outlook.
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An excellent all-in-one source for much Indian philosophical material.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2002
1) The best feature of this book is: it has the actual texts of so many great works like Vedas, Upanishads, Gita etc. For this one reason itself, it is a must have book, where else will you get such a concise and precise translations of all the major Indian texts all in one place.

2) It deals extensively not only with Upanishads and other six Darshanas but also includes Arth Shastra by Kautilya(Chanakya), the famous Indian economist/politician (contemporary to Alexander). It also included Bhagvat Gita and the famous Karma Yoga, as one would expect in any Indian philosophy book!

3) It summarizes the key-features of all the seemingly different Indian philosophies Buddhism/Jainism/Charvaka/Hinduism very succintly in the first chapter. I particularly liked the seven key similarities of Indian thought on page xxiii from the general introduction.

4) Another interesting part is on page xxx where the authors argue why one should undertake the study of Indian philosophy and how should it be taken. It takes historical, political and philosophical stand-points. Again, a must read!

4) One flaw of the book is that they have kind of assumed whole-heartedly with the Aryan Invasion Theory stating that Aryans came from outside India and settled in India around 2000 bc. However, this theory is seriously debated by many contemporary scholars like Prof Edwin Bryant (PhD from Columbia, now teaching at Rutgers), Prof Klaus Klostermaier (author of many Hinduism books, one of which was assigned reading in this class too, retired from Univ of Manitoba, Canada, now teaching at Oxford, UK), Prof Subhash Kak etc. Some of these scholars maintain that Aryans were native inhabitants of India who went to other parts of the world, starting from India.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Chandran on August 5, 2004
the book is invaluable for the student of indian philosophy. but please note that it is not an exposition of indian philosophy by the authors. it is a "source book" ie the book presents original translated tracts and abstracts from various original works.

radhakrishnan was a true philosopher par excellence and knew his subject. so whatever is philosophically crucial and important in the set of literature he surveyed he has presented relevant passages and abstracts and excerpts from these texts. from the vedas to the upanishads to the dharma shaastra (manu) to the arthashastra to the various schools of philosophy - lokayata (book includes an excerpt from the rare jayarashi bhatta's tattvopaplavasimha), jainism (syaadvaadamanjari etc), buddhism (several of the suttas, chapters from milinda and visuddhimagga, last two chapters of the mulamaadhyamika kaarika, the whole of vaasubandhu's vijnaaptimaatrataasiddhi etc) and the so called orthodox schools (important verses from ishvara krishna's samkya karika with gaudapada's commentary, patanjala yoga sutra with vyaasa's commentary, nyaya and vaiseshika sutras with their commentaries including some chapters from udhayana's kusumanjali, mimamsa sutra with kumarilla's shloka/tantra vaarika, shankara's, ramanuja's and madhva's commentary on on the brahma sutras etc) important verses/passages are presented.

finally there are even chapters on modern philosophers like sri aurbindo.

notable omissions are sphotavaada and saiva siddhaanta.

only thing to fault with radhakrishnan is that he uncritically accepted the so called invasion theory which today is heavily disputed and discredited as a tool of colonial imperialism and slowly being negated. but that does take away from the professor the penetration of his intellect or his respect and knowledge for the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ubalu on January 26, 2010
This is an excellent source for anyone interested in Indian philosophy and wisdom. The editors have brought together many hard-to-find works from the 19th and 20th centuries in this volume. The subject is not simple, but the truly curious regardless of having no Sanskrit background will find the essence of Indian philosophy here. The Vedic and Epic periods are covered extremely well. The sections on the many systems of Indian philosophy will benefit the lay persons and scholars alike. The lay person will have to re-read these to get a full grasp of the depth of the schools of thought. There is also some coverage on Contemporary thought. It is important to read the introduction on the history of Indian thought first so that the rest of the chapters will fall in place as the reader continues.

This is a priceless resource book that can be consulted any time one is looking for opinions or answers from different philosophical systems. The wisdom is ancient, but very applicable for modern times. For the highly academic reader, there is plenty in these articles to research.

The preciousness of this book is well-appreciated by many scholars. Late Dr Radhakrishnan, former President of India and an eminent Sanskrit scholar and philosopher, was a master on the subject. The two scholars have put together this invaluable fountain of wisdom.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2002
1) The best feature of this book is: it has the actual texts of so many great works like Vedas, Upanishads, Gita etc. For this one reason itself, it is a must have book, where else will you get such a concise and precise translations of all the major Indian texts all in one place.

2) It deals extensively not only with Upanishads and other six Darshanas but also includes Arth Shastra by Kautilya(Chanakya), the famous Indian economist/politician (contemporary to Alexander). It also included Bhagvat Gita and the famous Karma Yoga, as one would expect in any Indian philosophy book!

3) It summarizes the key-features of all the seemingly different Indian philosophies Buddhism/Jainism/Charvaka/Hinduism very succintly in the first chapter. I particularly liked the seven key similarities of Indian thought on page xxiii from the general introduction.

4) Another interesting part is on page xxx where the authors argue why one should undertake the study of Indian philosophy and how should it be taken. It takes historical, political and philosophical stand-points. Again, a must read!

4) One flaw of the book is that they have kind of assumed whole-heartedly with the Aryan Invasion Theory stating that Aryans came from outside India and settled in India around 2000 bc. However, this theory is seriously debated by many contemporary scholars like Prof Edwin Bryant (PhD from Columbia, now teaching at Rutgers), Prof Klaus Klostermaier (author of many Hinduism books, retired from Univ of Manitoba, Canada, now teaching at Oxford, UK), Prof Subhash Kak etc. Some of these scholars maintain that Aryans were native inhabitants of India who went to other parts of the world, starting from India. But, it is still a big controvery until solid evidences are found.
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