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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


HPI 16 - Better Half - Women in Ancient India

April 17, 2016

Women philosophers and ideas about women in Buddhism, the Upanisads, and the Mahabharata.


HPI 15 - Mostly Harmless - Non-Violence

April 3, 2016

Vegetarianism and non-violence (ahimsa) in ancient Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.


HPI 14 - World on a String - The Bhagavad-Gita

March 20, 2016

The Bhagavad-Gītā or “Song of the Lord” from the Mahābhārata ties its theory of detached action to an innovative conception of the divine.


HPI 13 - Grand Illusion - Dharma and Deception in the Mahabharata

March 6, 2016

The great Hindu epic Mahābhārata explores moral dilemmas and the permissibilty of lying, against the background of the ethical concept of dharma.


HPI 12 - Rupert Gethin on Buddhism and the Self

February 21, 2016

Peter speaks to Rupert Gethin about the no-self theory, and its implications for Buddhist ethics and meditation practices.