This introduction first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to discuss to an important aspect of absence that has precedents in history. It raises the question as to why there have been no significant new philosophical texts or systems emanating from the contemporary context in the Indian subcontinent since the last few centuries when they were present in the classical times. The chapter then discusses the nature and reason for absences and philosophical activity during the post-classical period. In order to understand the nature of the philosophical activity during this time, it is necessary to recognize two types of philosophical activity. One type of philosophical activity was the analysis of available systems, the other, building a system or laying groundwork to build a new system. Philosophical activity in India during colonialism is more akin to the second type.
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