Skepticism in Classical Indian Philosophy

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2013

Project Description/Abstract

My project was to author an invited chapter for the forthcoming volume Skepticism, from Antiquity to the Present (Bloomsbury, eds. Diego Machuca and Baron Reed). The general task of contributors to this volume is to provide a “state of the field” study of skepticism (the philosophical view that genuine knowledge is impossible to attain) in their specific discipline, while further advancing the field with distinctive insights, findings, and interpretations. Specifically, I was tasked with writing a chapter that will allow readers of the volume to understand the best of the Indian skeptical traditions, providing an historical and conceptual investigation of the main streams of classical Indian skepticism (calling special attention to Madhyamaka Buddhism), while highlighting and critically engaging with major lines of interpretation as appropriate.

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