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Thursday, 12 December 2013

A History of Indian Philosophy

Title: A History of Indian Philosophy
Author: Surendranath Dasgupta
ISBN: 978-93-82395-34-8
Edition: 2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Language: English
Category: Philosophy

About the Author:
Surendranath Dasgupta (October 1887 – 18 December 1952) was a scholar of Sanskrit and philosophy. He studied in Ripon College Calcutta and graduated with honours in Sanskrit. Later, he received his Masters degree from Sanskrit College, Calcutta in 1908. He got a second Masters degree in Western Philosophy in 1910 from the University of Calcutta.

About the Book:
When Lord Ronaldshay, the Governor of Bengal, came to visit Chittagong College, he had a long talk with Professor Dasgupta in his classroom, and was so much impressed by it that he expressed the desire that the first volume of the History of Indian Philosophy might be dedicated to him.

Originally Dasguptas plan was to write out the history of Indian systems of thought in one volume. Therefore he tried to condense the materials available within the compass of one book. But as he went on collecting materials from all parts of India, a huge mass of published and unpublished texts came to light, and the plan of the work enlarged more and more as he tried to utilise them. This was the first and only attempt to write out in a systematic manner a history of Indian thought directly from the original sources in Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit. In a work of the fourteenth century A.D., the Sarva-darsana-samgraha of Madhavacarya, we find a minor attempt to give a survey of the different philosophical schools of India.

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