Two Major Edited Volumes Now Available

Just in time for your (or more likely your university librarian’s) holiday wish lists, two major edited volumes on Indian philosophy have been published. The first, which appeared in November, is Jonardon Ganeri’s The Oxford Handbook of Indian Philosophy. The second, published in December, is Purushottama Bilimoria’s History of Indian Philosophy (Routledge History of World Philosophies). I, and several other contributors to the Indian Philosophy Blog, have written articles in these volumes. Below are the tables of contents for each.

Jonardon Ganeri (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Indian Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 840 ($175.00).

Introduction: Why Indian Philosophy? Why Now? Jonardon Ganeri
Timeline: Indian Philosophy in 100+ Thinkers Jonardon Ganeri

Methods, Literatures, Histories
1. Interpreting Indian Philosophy: Three Parables Matthew Kapstein
2. History and Doxography of the Philosophical Schools Ashok Aklujkar
3. Philosophy as a Distinct Cultural Practice: The Transregional Context Justin E. H. Smith
4. Comparison or Confluence in Philosophy? Mark Siderits

Legacies of Sutta & Sutra: Philosophy Before Dignaga (100-480)
5. Nagarjuna on Emptiness: A Comprehensive Critique of Foundationalism Jan Westerhoff
6. Philosophical Quietism in Nagarjuna and Early Madhyamaka Tom Tillemans
7. Habit and Karmic Result in the Yogasastra,Christopher Framarin
8. Vasubandhu on the Conditioning Factors and the Buddha’s Use of Language Jonathan Gold
9. Buddhaghosa on the Phenomenology of Love and Compassion Maria Heim
10. The Philosophy of Mind of Kundakunda and Umasvati Piotr Balcerowicz
11. Vatsyayana: Cognition as a Guide to Action Matthew Dasti
12. Bhartrhari on Language, Perception and Consciousness Vincenzo Vergiani

The Age of Dialogue: A Sanskrit Cosmopolis (480-800)
13. Coreference and Qualification: Dignaga Debated by Kumarila and Dharmakirti John Taber and Kei Kataoka
14. Reflexive Awareness & No-Self: Dignaga Debated by Uddyotakara & Dharmakirti Monima Chadha
15. The Metaphysics of Self in Prasastapsda’s Differential Naturalism Shalini Sinha
16. Proving Idealism: Dharmakirti Birgit Kellner
17. Santideva’s Impartialist Ethics Charles Goodman
18. A History of Materialism from Ajita to Udbhata Ramkrishna Bhattacharya
19. Consciousness & Causal Emergence: Santaraksita against Physicalism Christian Coseru
20. Pushing Idealism Beyond its Limits: The Place of Philosophy in Kamalasila’s Steps of Cultivation Dan Arnold

The Age of Disquiet (800-1300)
21. Jayarasi Against the Philosophers Piotr Balcerowicz
22. Two Theories of Motivation and their Assessment Jayanta Rajam Raghunathan
23. Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta on the Freedom of Consciousness Isabelle Ratié
24. The Nature of Idealism in the Moksopaya/ Yoga-vasistha François Chenet
25. Logic in the Tradition of Prabhacandra Marie-Hélène Gorisse
26. An Indian Philosophy of Law: Vijñanesvara’s Epitome of the Law Donald Davis
27. Sriharsa’s Dissident Epistemology: Of Knowledge as Assurance Jonardon Ganeri

Philosophy From Gangesa (1300-1460)
28. A Defeasibility Theory of Knowledge in Gangesa Stephen Phillips
29. Jayatirtha and the Problem of Perceptual Illusion Michael Williams
30. Madhava’s Garland of Jaimini’s Reasons as Exemplary Mimamsa Philosophy Francis Clooney
31. Hindu Disproofs of God: Refuting Vedantic Theism in the Samkhya-sutra Andrew Nicholson

Early Modernity: New Philosophy in India (1460-1757)
32. Raghunatha Siromani and the Examination of the Truth about the Categories Michael Williams
33. Nilakantha Caturdhara’s Advaita Vedanta Christopher Minkowski
34. Muhibballah Ilahabadi on Ontology: Debates over the Nature of Being Shankar Nair

Freedom & Identity on the Eve of Independence (1857-1947)
35. Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohandas Gandhi, and the Contexts of Indian Secularism Akeel Bilgrami
36. Freedom in Thinking: The Immersive Cosmopolitanism of Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya Jonardon Ganeri
37. Bimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s Modern Moral Idealism: A Metaphysics of Emancipation Gopal Guru
38. Anukul Chandra Mukerji: The Modern Subject Nalini Bhushan & Jay L. Garfield

Purushottama Bilimoria (ed.), History of Indian Philosophy (Routledge History of World Philosophies). London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Pp. 612 ($220.00).

I. Knowledge, context, concepts

1 Interpretations and interventions: Indian philosophy and the cosmopolitan approach, Christian Coseru

2 Methodology in Indian philosophy, Nirmalya N. Chakraborty, with Prabal Kumar Sen

3 Pramāna epistemology: origins and developments, Purushottama Bilimoria

4 Buddhist hermeneutics, John Powers

5 Process philosophy and phenomenology of time in Buddhism, Hari Shankar Prasad

6 Philosophy and religion in India, Jessica Frazier

7 Indian skepticism, Raghunath Ghosh

8 Self in Indian philosophy: questions, answers, issues, Michael P. Levine

9 Contents of consciousness: perception, Monima Chadha

10 Indian materialism, Raghunath Ghosh

IIa. Philosophical traditions

11 Philosophy of the Brāmanas, Herman Tull

12 Upanisads, Brian Black

13 Sāmkhya, Mikel Burley

14 The diverse traditions of Sāmkhya, Knut A. Jacobsen

15 Mīmāmsā, Elisa Freschi

16 The categories in Vaisesika: known and named, ShashiPrabha Kumar

17 Nyāya, Stephen Phillips

18 The Nyāya on inference and fallacies, J. L. Shaw

19 Embodied connectionism: Nyāya philosophy of mind, Douglas L. Berger

20 A phenomenological reading of the Nyāya critique of the no- self view: Udayana and the phenomenal separateness of self, Chakravarthi RamPrasad

21 Udayana’s theory of extrinsic validity in his theistic monograph, Taisei Shida

22 Early Vedānta, Andrew J. Nicholson

23 Advaita Vedānta of Śankara, Thomas A. Forsthoefel

24 Avidyā: the hard problem in Advaita Vedānta, Stephen Kaplan

25 Visistādvaita Vedānta, Christopher Bartley

26 An overview of classical Yoga philosophy as a philosophy of embodied self- awareness, Ana Laura Funes Maderey

27 A reassessment of classical Yoga philosophy, Ian Whicher

IIb. Philosophical traditions

28 Indian Yogācāra Buddhism: a historical perspective, William S. Waldron

29 Early Mahāyāna, Peter Gilks

30 Abhidharma, Joseph Walser

31 Nāgārjuna, Jay L. Garfield

32 Nāgārjuna’s early Madhyamaka: “deconstruction” and moderation, Douglas L. Berger

33 A spectrum of metaphysical positions concerning the existence or non-existence of a self: Nyāya, Śaiva Siddhānta, Mīmāmsā, Jainism and Buddhism, Alex Watson

34 Svātantrika Madhyamaka metaphysics: Bhāvaviveka’s conception of reality, Sonam Thakchoe

35 The two truths in Madhyamaka: Jñānagarbha, Sonam Thakchoe

36 Vajrayāna Buddhism, Joseph Loizzo, edited by Amy Rayner

IIc. Philosophical traditions

37 Hermeneutics: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jaina, Arthur Dudney

38 Basic Jaina epistemology, Jayandra Soni

39 Anekāntavāda, Nayavāda, and Syādvāda: the history and significance of the Jaina doctrines of relativity, Jeffery D. Long

40 Jaina ethics and moral philosophy, Christopher Key Chapple

41 Tantra and Kashmiri Śaivism, David Peter Lawrence

42 Looking beyond the Darsanas: Tantric knowledge systems and Indian philosophy, Jason Schwartz

43 The epistemology of classical Hindu law, Donald R. Davis, Jr.

44 Abhinavagupta, Loriliai Biernacki

45 Cognition and language: Buddhist criticism of Bhartrhari’s thesis, Toshiya Unebe

46 Alamkārkasāstra as a philosophical discipline, David Mellins

47 Indian philosophy of music, William J. Jackson

III. Engaging and encounters: modern and postmodern

48 Islamic modernism in India, Muhammad Kamal

49 Gur-Sikh dharam, Balbinder Singh Bhogal

50 Buddhist ethics, Damien Keown

51 Process Buddhism: ethics and social engagement, Peter Paul Kakol, edited by Amy Rayner

52 Indian and European philosophy, Thomas B. Ellis

53 Modern philosophy in India, A. Raghuramaraju

54 Gandhi’s truth: debating Bilgrami, Bindu Puri

55 Understanding Indian philosophical traditions, Anna-Pya Sjödin

56 G. R. Malkani, Sharad Deshpande

57 Postmodern approaches, Carl Olson

58 Philosophy in an age of postcolonialism, Joseph Prabhu



About Andrew Nicholson

I am an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the author of two books, Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Intellectual History and Lord Śiva's Song: The Īśvara Gītā.

6 Replies to “Two Major Edited Volumes Now Available”

  1. Pingback: New Publication: History of Indian Philosophy, Ed. by Purushottama Bilimoria – Networking on Contemporary Indian Philosophy

  2. Note from Jonardon Ganeri: “Just to let people know that OUP is offering a 30% discount using the code AAFLYG6. The hardback is still expensive, but hopefully a paperback will follow before too long. (PS This code also applies to all my other OUP books as well).”

  3. Another note from Jonardon, with great news for readers in India:

    “Readers based in South Asia can now get a paperback South Asian edition of the Handbook of Indian Philosophy for $23 (Rs. 1475) at flipkart or”

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