HPI 33 - Standard Deductions - Nyaya on Reasoning

January 8, 2017

Gautama and his commentators tell us how to separate good inferences from bad ones.


HPI 32 - What You See Is What You Get - Nyaya on Perception

December 25, 2016

Nyāya philosophers explain how perception can bring us knowledge.


HPI 31 - Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire - Gautama’s Nyaya-Sutra

December 11, 2016

The Nyāya-Sūtra inaugurates a tradition of logical and epistemological analysis.


HPI 30 - Philipp Maas on Yoga

November 27, 2016

A leading expert on the founding text of Yoga tells us why, when, and by whom it was written.


HPI 29 - Practice Makes Perfect - Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra

November 13, 2016

Yoga as presented by Patañjali offers a practical complement to the Sāṃkhya theory of the cosmos and the self.


HPI 28 - Who Wants to Live Forever? - Early Ayurvedic Medicine

October 30, 2016

Philosophical aspects of Ayurveda, focusing on the oldest surviving medical treatise, the Caraka-Samhita.


HPI 27 - The Theory of Evolution - Isvarakrsna’s Samkhya-karika

October 16, 2016

The oldest treatise of Sāṃkhya enumerates the principles of the cosmos and of the human mind.


HPI 26 - Francis Clooney on Vedanta

October 2, 2016

Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Vedānta.


HPI 25 - Communication Breakdown - Bhartrihari on Language

September 18, 2016

The grammarian Bhartṛhari argues that the study of language is the path to liberation, because the undivided reality underlying language is brahman.


HPI 24 - No Two Ways About It - Sankara and Advaita Vedanta

September 4, 2016

Śaṅkara and his “non-dual” (Advaita) Vedānta, which teaches that only brahman is real, and the world of experience and individual self are mere illusion.