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by Johannes Bronkhorst. Translated from the French by Michael S. Allen and Rajam Raghunathan. Revised and with a new appendix
This book explores the conviction shared by almost all Indian philosophers regarding the close connection between language and reality. It shows that the main currents of Indian philosophy can be understood as answers to a problem that this conviction entailed.
This book deals with the confrontation of Buddhism and Brahmanism in India. Both depended on support from the royal court, but Buddhism had less to offer in return than Brahmanism. Buddhism developed in a manner to make up for this.
Through a detailed analysis of the available cultural and chronological data, this book overturns traditional ideas about the cultural history of India and proposes a different picture instead. The idea of a unilinear development out of Brahmanism, in particular, is challenged.
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