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Indian Philosophy

Indian Philosophy deals with various philosophical thoughts of many traditions originated in the Indian subcontinent, including Hindu philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and Jain philosophy. The common themes of all these philosophies are unity and diversity (advaita and dvaita) in their understanding, interpretation of the existence of reality, and explanation of the attainment of liberation (moksha). They had been formulated mostly from 1,500 BC to a few centuries A.D. with critical investigations and creative ways of philosophically interpreting socio-political-economic issues of existential importance. Thus, thinkers of any tradition strongly viewed that philosophy as a study of practical necessity needs to be cultivated in order to understand 'how life can best be led?'. (from nptel.ac.in )


Prof. Satya Sundar Sethy, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras.

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Lecture 01 - Introduction to Indian Philosophy