ISBN 9788121509831,The Sankhya Aphorisms Of Kapila: With Extracts From Vijnanabhiksu's Commentary

The Sankhya Aphorisms Of Kapila: With Extracts From Vijnanabhiksu's Commentary

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ISBN 9788121509831
Publisher

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2003
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788121509831

ISBN-10 8121509831
Binding

Hard Back

Edition 2nd
Number of Pages 274 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Hinduism

Traditionally and historically it is affirmed that Kapila is the real founder of the philosophical school known as Sankhya, or enumeration. The school is so termed on account of it having given rise to twenty-four categories of existence or what may be called evolutes. Prior to Kapila, Indian philosophical scene was in a state of diffusion, in that the Sankhya elements of thought were scattered in various Upanisadic texts, which meant no systematic presentation existed insofar as philosophical reflection was concerned. The task of giving a systematic shape to philosophical reflection fell upon Kapila, which he accomplished with dexterity in his aphorisms. Kapila accomplished this task by synthesizing the scattered elements of philosophical reflection as well as by giving birth to technical terms that would give appropriate expression to the problems of ontology and epistemology. In this way Kapila laid the proper foundation for the future development of Indian philosophy, which with the passage of time, found its proper expression in such diverse schools of thought as Vedanta and Tantrism. The present translation of aphorisms of Kapila by J.R. Ballantyne is so rendered as to make it possible for an average reader to understand the complex thought structure of Sankhya philosophy in a language that is easy and graspable. It will be of great help to those who are desirous of knowing not only the historical background o Indian thought, but also want to know as to how existential questions of life and death have been tackled.
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