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.
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.
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.
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.
July 10, 2016
Mīmāṃsā expert Elisa Freschi speaks to Peter about philosophical issues arising from the interpretation of the Veda.
June 26, 2016
The Mīmāṃsā school put their faith in sense experience, and argue that the Veda, and hence language itself, had no beginning.
June 12, 2016
In the Mīmāṃsā school’s founding text, Jaimini systematizes Vedic ritual and explores its theoretical basis.
May 29, 2016
Skeptical tendences in Indian thought and responses to skepticism from the Mīmāṃsā and Vedānta schools.
May 14, 2016
Rival philosophical schools proliferate and subdivide in our second major historical period, the “age of the sūtra.”
May 1, 2016
An interview with Jessica Frazier about philosophical ideas and arguments in the Vedas, Upanisads and later Hindu texts.