Readership: Scholars and students of philosophy and religious studies, particularly those with an interest in Indian and Western conceptions of the self.
Jonardon Ganeri, Professor of Philosophy, University of Liverpool
"Ganeri's book is an excellent example of what comparative philosophy can be at its best." - Don S. Levi, Asian Studies
"What, then, is this truth? And how must we possess it in order to secure the price? In thi extraordinarily informative, well-written book, Jonardon Ganeri explains how Indian philosophers have tries to answer these two questions...Ganeri's extraordinary book goes a long way toward bringing East and West into fruitful dialogue with each other-a remarkable achievement." - Raymond Martin MIND
"Jonardon Ganeri's most recent contribution to the philosophically engaged study of Indian
philosophy represents an interesting departure from much of his earlier work...Ganeri has not only fixed his attention on earlier moments in the history of the tradition, but has developed his insights in ways that reflect the cultivation of a distinctly literary sensibility." - Dan Arnold, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
PART I - SOUL-SEARCHERS AND SOOTH-SAYERS
1: Hidden in the cave: the Upanisadic self
2: Dangerous truths: the Buddha on silence, secrecy and snakes
3: A cloak of clever words: the deconstruction of deceit in the Mahabharata
PART II - EXHORTATIONS TO ENLIGHTENMENT
4: Words that burn: why did the Buddha say what he did?
5: Words that break: can an Upanisad state the truth?
PART III - A SELFLESS PERSON'S SENSE OF SELF
6: The imperfect reality of rersons
7: Self as performance
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