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The Concealed Art of the Soul
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The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology

Jonardon Ganeri


The mistakes we make about ourselves result in our deepest sufferings. Philosophy, meant to be a medicine for our souls' affliction, claims to offer both a diagnosis and a cure. This book looks to ancient India, where Buddhists and Hindus alike grapple with the fundamental human quest for peace of mind. For Indian thinkers, a philosophical treatise about the self is meant not only to lay out the truth, but also to embed itself in a process of study and contemplation that will lead eventually to self-transformation. The survey includes the Upaniṣads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahābhārat ... More

Keywords: self, truth, Indian philosophy, the Buddha, Upaniṣads, personal identity, Mahābhārata, philosophy as medicine, peace of mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199202416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonardon Ganeri, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Liverpool
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