What is the philosophy of India? This question is as silly as the question - 'Do you speak Indian?' For, the expression ‘the philosophy of India' is vacuous. This book tries to tackle that problem by focusing on a few chosen issues and debates rather than on particular texts. and neither does it make any attempt to present a comprehensive history of all the schools nor does it offer any chronological chronicling of the views of particular philosophers, nor does it risk unearthing one running general thematic unity such as 'the Spirit of India' or 'the Essential Indian Mind'. It sheds light on skeptics, agnostics, mystics, monists, duelists, pluralists, realists, idealists, materialists, epistemologists, ethicists, aesthetes, political theorists, jurists, grammarians, lexicographers, theists, atheists, radicals and re-reconcilers who keep arguing against each other, each searching for their own preferred form of 'liberation from anxiety and suffering'. The Book of Questions thus proposes to inspire a systematic argumentative pedagogy of philosophical interrogation and debate.
About the Author -Arindam Chakrabarti Earned a DPhil from Oxford University. The philosophy of language and logic, metaphysics, the philosophy of the mind and Indian philosophy are his major areas of specialization. He has been a visiting professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Edinburgh, UK, the Sanskrit University in Tirupati, India, at Trinity College, Cambridge and at the National Institute of Advanced Study, Bengaluru, India. In his teaching and research, Professor Chakrabarti has been trying to combine analytic, classical Indian (especially Ny ya and Kashmir Shaivism) and continental philosophies. Besides numerous papers in journals and anthologies, his major publications include his book on negative existential's and fictional discourse, Denying Existence and an introduction to twentieth-century Western epistemology in Sanskrit, as well as five books in Bangla, the latest on the philosophy of food and clothing. His co-edited volumes include Knowing from Words (with B.K. Matilal), Universals, Concepts and Qualities (with P.F. Strawson), Apoha - Buddhist Nominalism (with Mark Siderits and Tom Tillemans) and Mahabharata Now (with Sibaji Bandyopadhyay). The Eastern Philosophy of Consciousness and the Humanities Project (EPOCH), with its focus areas on imagination, concepts and emotion, has recently taken off under his direction.