HPI 40 - Mind out of Matter - Materialist Theories of the Self

April 16, 2017

Pāyasi and the Cārvāka anticipate modern-day theories of mind by arguing that there is no independent soul; rather thought emerges from the body.


HPI 39 - The Wolf’s Footprint - Indian Naturalism

April 2, 2017

The Cārvāka or Lokāyata tradition rejects the efficacy of ritual and belief in the afterlife, and restricts knowledge to the realm of sense-perception.


HPI 38 - A Day in the Life - Theories of Time

March 19, 2017

Ancient Indian cosmology and the Vaiśeṣika defense of the reality of time and space.


HPI 37 - The Whole Story - Vaisesika on Complexity and Causation

March 5, 2017

The Vaiśeṣika response to Buddhist skepticism about wholes made up of parts.


HPI 36 - Fine Grained Analysis - Kanada’s Vaisesika-Sutra

February 19, 2017

The Vaiśeṣika school offers a metaphysical analysis of the world and an atomistic physics.


HPI 35 - Ujjwala Jha and V.N. Jha on Nyaya

February 5, 2017

Prof Jha and Prof Jha discuss the theories and later influence of the Nyāya school.


HPI 34 - The Truth Shall Set You Free - Nyaya on the Mind

January 22, 2017

Nyāya proposes that each of us has both a self and a mind, in addition to the body.


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.