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This book covers in less than 5 hours almost all the interesting and important schools in Indian Ontology and Epistemology between the Vedic times and 11th Century.
Starting from the Vedic speculations and the place of sacrifice in maintaining the cosmos and the distillation of Vedic thought in the Monism of the Upanishads, the book guides a reader with little background in Indian tradition through the debates between the Nyaya-Vaisheshika school of transcendental realism as well as the Buddhist exegesis on the two levels of reality and a very easy to follow discussion of the Nagarjuna's concept of emptiness.
The book ends with a brief overview of Shankara's Advait Vedanta and Ramanuja's Vishishtadvaita Vedanta.
Although Hamilton's point of view is what is considered relevant in Indian Philosophy from a Western point of view, she has accommodated the overreaching importance of Soteriology in all Indian philosophical positions discussed.
Strongly recommended for any one interested in the foundations of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. Sadly the Jain Metaphysics is neglected but that is understandable given that this is a Very Short Introduction.
The narrator (Neil Shah) has done an excellent job.
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the reading with a strong origin story but this quickly dissolves into an arcana that's mostly glossed over.