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.

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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.

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Summer Reading

August 6, 2016

How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press.

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HPI 23 - Source Code - Badarayana’s Vedanta-sutra

July 24, 2016

The founding text of the Vedānta school, the Vedānta- or Brahma-Sūtra, interprets the Upaniṣads as teaching that all things derive from brahman.

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HPI 22 - Elisa Freschi on Mimamsa

July 10, 2016

Mīmāṃsā expert Elisa Freschi speaks to Peter about philosophical issues arising from the interpretation of the Veda.

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HPI 21 - Innocent Until Proven Guilty - Mimamsa on Knowledge and Language

June 26, 2016

The Mīmāṃsā school put their faith in sense experience, and argue that the Veda, and hence language itself, had no beginning.

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HPI 20 - Master of Ceremonies - Jaimini’s Mimamsa-Sutra

June 12, 2016

In the Mīmāṃsā school’s founding text, Jaimini systematizes Vedic ritual and explores its theoretical basis.

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HPI 19 - When in Doubt - the Rise of Skepticism

May 29, 2016

Skeptical tendences in Indian thought and responses to skepticism from the Mīmāṃsā and Vedānta schools.

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HPI 18 - A Tangled Web - the Age of the Sutra

May 14, 2016

Rival philosophical schools proliferate and subdivide in our second major historical period, the “age of the sūtra.”

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HPI 17 - Jessica Frazier on Hinduism and Philosophy

May 1, 2016

An interview with Jessica Frazier about philosophical ideas and arguments in the Vedas, Upanisads and later Hindu texts.

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