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History of Philosophy in India Podcast by Peter Adamson

History of Philosophy in India Podcast

by Peter Adamson

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Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri (Professors of Philosophy at LMU Munich and NYU) present the philosophical traditions of India.


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HPI 43 - We Beg to Differ - the Buddhists and Jains

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, May 28, 2017


An introduction to philosophical developments in Buddhism and Jainism up to the time of Dign?ga in the sixth century AD.



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HPI 42 - In Good Taste - The Aesthetics of Rasa

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, May 14, 2017


Bharata’s N??ya-??stra and later works from Kashmir explore the idea of rasa, an emotional response to drama, music, and poetry.



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HPI 41 - Monima Chadha on Indian Philosophy of Mind

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Apr 30, 2017


Monima Chadha takes Peter through Buddhist-Hindu debates over mind and self.



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HPI 40 - Mind out of Matter - Materialist Theories of the Self

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Apr 16, 2017


P?yasi and the C?rv?ka anticipate modern-day theories of mind by arguing that there is no independent soul; rather thought emerges from the body.



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HPI 39 - The Wolf’s Footprint - Indian Naturalism

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Apr 02, 2017


The C?rv?ka or Lok?yata tradition rejects the efficacy of ritual and belief in the afterlife, and restricts knowledge to the realm of sense-perception.



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HPI 38 - A Day in the Life - Theories of Time

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Mar 19, 2017


Ancient Indian cosmology and the Vai?e?ika defense of the reality of time and space.



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HPI 37 - The Whole Story - Vaisesika on Complexity and Causation

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Mar 05, 2017


The Vai?e?ika response to Buddhist skepticism about wholes made up of parts.



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HPI 36 - Fine Grained Analysis - Kanada’s Vaisesika-Sutra

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Feb 19, 2017


The Vai?e?ika school offers a metaphysical analysis of the world and an atomistic physics.



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HPI 35 - Ujjwala Jha and V.N. Jha on Nyaya

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Feb 05, 2017


Prof Jha and Prof Jha discuss the theories and later influence of the Ny?ya school.



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HPI 34 - The Truth Shall Set You Free - Nyaya on the Mind

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jan 22, 2017


Ny?ya proposes that each of us has both a self and a mind, in addition to the body.



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HPI 33 - Standard Deductions - Nyaya on Reasoning

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jan 08, 2017


Gautama and his commentators tell us how to separate good inferences from bad ones.



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HPI 32 - What You See Is What You Get - Nyaya on Perception

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Dec 25, 2016


Ny?ya philosophers explain how perception can bring us knowledge.



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HPI 31 - Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire - Gautama’s Nyaya-Sutra

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Dec 11, 2016


The Ny?ya-S?tra inaugurates a tradition of logical and epistemological analysis.



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HPI 30 - Philipp Maas on Yoga

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Nov 27, 2016


A leading expert on the founding text of Yoga tells us why, when, and by whom it was written.



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HPI 29 - Practice Makes Perfect - Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Nov 13, 2016


Yoga as presented by Pata?jali offers a practical complement to the S??khya theory of the cosmos and the self.



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HPI 28 - Who Wants to Live Forever? - Early Ayurvedic Medicine

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Oct 30, 2016


Philosophical aspects of Ayurveda, focusing on the oldest surviving medical treatise, the Caraka-Samhita.



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HPI 27 - The Theory of Evolution - Isvarakrsna’s Samkhya-karika

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Oct 16, 2016


The oldest treatise of S??khya enumerates the principles of the cosmos and of the human mind.



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HPI 26 - Francis Clooney on Vedanta

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Oct 02, 2016


Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Ved?nta.



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HPI 25 - Communication Breakdown - Bhartrihari on Language

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Sep 18, 2016


The grammarian Bhart?hari argues that the study of language is the path to liberation, because the undivided reality underlying language is brahman.



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HPI 24 - No Two Ways About It - Sankara and Advaita Vedanta

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Sep 04, 2016


?a?kara and his “non-dual” (Advaita) Ved?nta, which teaches that only brahman is real, and the world of experience and individual self are mere illusion.



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Summer Reading

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sat, Aug 06, 2016


How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press.



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HPI 23 - Source Code - Badarayana’s Vedanta-sutra

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jul 24, 2016


The founding text of the Ved?nta school, the Ved?nta- or Brahma-S?tra, interprets the Upani?ads as teaching that all things derive from brahman.



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HPI 22 - Elisa Freschi on Mimamsa

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jul 10, 2016


M?m??s? expert Elisa Freschi speaks to Peter about philosophical issues arising from the interpretation of the Veda.



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HPI 21 - Innocent Until Proven Guilty - Mimamsa on Knowledge and Language

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


The M?m??s? school put their faith in sense experience, and argue that the Veda, and hence language itself, had no beginning.



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HPI 20 - Master of Ceremonies - Jaimini’s Mimamsa-Sutra

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jun 12, 2016


In the M?m??s? school’s founding text, Jaimini systematizes Vedic ritual and explores its theoretical basis.



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HPI 19 - When in Doubt - the Rise of Skepticism

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, May 29, 2016


Skeptical tendences in Indian thought and responses to skepticism from the M?m??s? and Ved?nta schools.



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HPI 18 - A Tangled Web - the Age of the Sutra

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sat, May 14, 2016


Rival philosophical schools proliferate and subdivide in our second major historical period, the “age of the s?tra.”



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HPI 17 - Jessica Frazier on Hinduism and Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, May 01, 2016


An interview with Jessica Frazier about philosophical ideas and arguments in the Vedas, Upanisads and later Hindu texts.



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HPI 16 - Better Half - Women in Ancient India

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Apr 17, 2016


Women philosophers and ideas about women in Buddhism, the Upanisads, and the Mahabharata.



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HPI 15 - Mostly Harmless - Non-Violence

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Apr 03, 2016


Vegetarianism and non-violence (ahimsa) in ancient Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.



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HPI 14 - World on a String - The Bhagavad-Gita

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Mar 20, 2016


The Bhagavad-G?t? or “Song of the Lord” from the Mah?bh?rata ties its theory of detached action to an innovative conception of the divine.



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HPI 13 - Grand Illusion - Dharma and Deception in the Mahabharata

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Mar 06, 2016


The great Hindu epic Mah?bh?rata explores moral dilemmas and the permissibilty of lying, against the background of the ethical concept of dharma.



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HPI 12 - Rupert Gethin on Buddhism and the Self

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Feb 21, 2016


Peter speaks to Rupert Gethin about the no-self theory, and its implications for Buddhist ethics and meditation practices.



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HPI 11 - Carry a Big Stick - Ancient Indian Political Thought

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Feb 07, 2016


Two figures from the Mauryan dynasty, Kautilya and the king Ashoka, set out contrasting ideas about the ideal political rule.



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HPI 10 - Crossover Appeal - The Nature of the Buddha’s Teaching

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


The Buddha offers two parables to explain the purpose of his philosophical teaching.



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HPI 09 - Suffering and Smiling - the Buddha

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Jan 10, 2016


The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha, and the function they are supposed to play in our lives.



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HPI 08 - Case Worker - Panini’s Grammar

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Dec 27, 2015


The pioneering Sanskrit grammar of P??ini and its implications for philosophy of language.



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HPI 07 - Brian Black on the Upanisads

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Dec 13, 2015


An interview with Brian Black about the philosophical and social aspects of the Upanisads.



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HPI 06 - You Are What You Do - Karma

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Nov 29, 2015


The origins of the idea of karma, its moral significance in the Upanisads, and an alternative conception in the Bhagavad Gita.



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HPI 05 - Do it Yourself - Indra’s Search for the Self in the Upanisads

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Nov 15, 2015


The god Indra learns patience and something about the self in a famous passage from the Upanisads.



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HPI 04 - Hide and Seek – The Upanisads

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Nov 01, 2015


The ancient texts known as the Upanisads claim to expose the hidden connections between things, including the self and the world.



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HPI 03 - Kingdom for a Horse - India in the Vedic Period

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Oct 18, 2015


The Vedic period sets the context of the Upanisads, Buddhism and Jainism.



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HPI 02 - Sages, Schools and Systems – a Historical Overview

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Sun, Oct 04, 2015


A whirlwind tour of philosophical literature in India.



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HPI 01 - Begin at the End - An Introduction to Philosophy in India

Author: Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


In this introduction to the series, Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri propose that Indian philosophy was primarily a way of life and search for the highest good.



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  • Published: June 2016
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