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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.