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

Jonardon Ganeri

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract

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 Upani?ads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahabharata, and the philosopher Candrakirti, whose work was later to become foundational in Tibetan Buddhism. The book shows that many contemporary theories of selfhood and personal identity are not only anticipated but developed to an extraordinary degree of sophistication in these works, and that there are other ideas about the self found here which modern philosophers have not yet begun to explore. In the Appendices, the book begins to disclose some of the paths along which Indian ideas about the self have migrated throughout history to the West.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages288
ISBN (Electronic)9780191708558
ISBN (Print)9780199202416
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

Fingerprint

Epistemology
Art
Philosopher
Sophistication
Medicine
Fundamental
Layout
History
Buddha
Buddhist
Selfhood
Self-transformation
Mistakes
Ads
Ancient India
Treatise
Philosophy
Contemplation
Thinkers
Mahabharata

Keywords

  • Indian Philosophy
  • Mahabharata
  • Peace of Mind
  • Personal Identity
  • Philosophy As Medicine
  • Self
  • The Buddha
  • Truth
  • Upani?Ads

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

Cite this

The Concealed Art of the Soul : Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology. / Ganeri, Jonardon.

Oxford University Press, 2007. 288 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

@book{6a1d9ec2d9cd4d179b0c5f72b5bc1907,
title = "The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology",
abstract = "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 Upani?ads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahabharata, and the philosopher Candrakirti, whose work was later to become foundational in Tibetan Buddhism. The book shows that many contemporary theories of selfhood and personal identity are not only anticipated but developed to an extraordinary degree of sophistication in these works, and that there are other ideas about the self found here which modern philosophers have not yet begun to explore. In the Appendices, the book begins to disclose some of the paths along which Indian ideas about the self have migrated throughout history to the West.",
keywords = "Indian Philosophy, Mahabharata, Peace of Mind, Personal Identity, Philosophy As Medicine, Self, The Buddha, Truth, Upani?Ads",
author = "Jonardon Ganeri",
year = "2007",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202416.001.0001",
language = "English (US)",
isbn = "9780199202416",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",

}

TY - BOOK

T1 - The Concealed Art of the Soul

T2 - Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology

AU - Ganeri, Jonardon

PY - 2007/9/1

Y1 - 2007/9/1

N2 - 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 Upani?ads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahabharata, and the philosopher Candrakirti, whose work was later to become foundational in Tibetan Buddhism. The book shows that many contemporary theories of selfhood and personal identity are not only anticipated but developed to an extraordinary degree of sophistication in these works, and that there are other ideas about the self found here which modern philosophers have not yet begun to explore. In the Appendices, the book begins to disclose some of the paths along which Indian ideas about the self have migrated throughout history to the West.

AB - 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 Upani?ads, the Buddha's discourses, the epic Mahabharata, and the philosopher Candrakirti, whose work was later to become foundational in Tibetan Buddhism. The book shows that many contemporary theories of selfhood and personal identity are not only anticipated but developed to an extraordinary degree of sophistication in these works, and that there are other ideas about the self found here which modern philosophers have not yet begun to explore. In the Appendices, the book begins to disclose some of the paths along which Indian ideas about the self have migrated throughout history to the West.

KW - Indian Philosophy

KW - Mahabharata

KW - Peace of Mind

KW - Personal Identity

KW - Philosophy As Medicine

KW - Self

KW - The Buddha

KW - Truth

KW - Upani?Ads

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84921754765&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84921754765&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202416.001.0001

DO - 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202416.001.0001

M3 - Book

AN - SCOPUS:84921754765

SN - 9780199202416

BT - The Concealed Art of the Soul

PB - Oxford University Press

ER -