What are the most important books in and on South Asian philosophy?

Just imagine you are asked about the three most important texts in South Asian philosophy and take a minute to imagine your answer. You are also allowed to include texts on South Asian philosophy, if you think they are relevant.

Next, you can compare your answers with those of scholars like Jonardon Ganeri, Maria Heim, Chakravarti Ram-Prasad and Evan Thompson. The guest, Phil Treagus, is a bibliophile and already hosted posts on the most important books on several topics in philosophy, including Chinese philosophy. A praiseworthy addition is that he also invited a young PhD student, Jack Beaulieu.

You are also welcome to add your lists in the comments.

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One thought on “What are the most important books in and on South Asian philosophy?

  1. How about texts that were important *for* Indian philosophy? I would count Euclid’s Axioms and Newton’s Principia as important texts *for* Western philosophy (while perhaps at the same being important texts *in* philosophy of mathematics and science). Did Ashtadhyayi serve as a model for the foundational sutra-style texts of Indian philosophy? Perhaps it could be seen as a seminal text *in* vyaakarana and Indian philosophy of language, while at the same time suggesting a way of doing and organizing philosophy that could be adopted as an aspirational model in other fields.

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