HPI 48 - Taking Perspective - the Jain Theory of Standpoints

August 6, 2017

The Jain theory of standpoints or non-onesidedness (anekāntavāda) makes truth a matter of perspective.


HPI 47 - Jan Westerhoff on Nagarjuna

July 23, 2017

A discussion with Jan Westerhoff, an expert on the great Buddhist thinker Nāgārjuna.


HPI 46 - No Four Ways About It - Nagarjuna’s Tetralemma

July 9, 2017

Nāgārjuna’s four-fold argument scheme, the tetralemma (catuṣkoṭi).


HPI 45 - Motion Denied - Nagarjuna on Change

June 25, 2017

Nāgārjuna applies his emptiness theory to motion, change, and cognition.


HPI 44 - It All Depends - Nagarjuna on Emptiness

June 11, 2017

Nāgārjuna founds the Madhyāmaka (“middle way”) Buddhist tradition by “relinquishing all views” and arguing that everything is “empty.”


HPI 43 - We Beg to Differ - the Buddhists and Jains

May 28, 2017

An introduction to philosophical developments in Buddhism and Jainism up to the time of Dignāga in the sixth century AD.


HPI 42 - In Good Taste - The Aesthetics of Rasa

May 14, 2017

Bharata’s Nāṭya-Śāstra and later works from Kashmir explore the idea of rasa, an emotional response to drama, music, and poetry.


HPI 41 - Monima Chadha on Indian Philosophy of Mind

April 30, 2017

Monima Chadha takes Peter through Buddhist-Hindu debates over mind and self.


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.