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p. 11. Reason and Belief

Richness and diversity in Indian thoughtlocked

  • Sue Hamilton


India has a very long tradition of philosophical debate which has lasted for two and a half millennia and straddles many diverse religious traditions. Philosophy in India is seen as an attempt to understand the true nature of reality in terms of an inner or spiritual quest. ‘Reason and Belief’ considers this connection and how it relates to the nature of Indian philosophy. From a Western perspective, we perceive many differences between religion and philosophy. There are many common interests, and even in the West the distinction isn't always clear cut. They are both concerned with the nature of reality. In Indian philosophy, gaining insight is seen as bringing the liberation of the individual from karmic continuity.

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