Author examines the principal schools of thought that define Indian philosophy. A unifying force greater than art, literature, religion, or science, author also describes philosophy as the most important achievement of Indian thought, arguing that an understanding of its history is necessary to appreciate the significance and potentialities of India's complex culture. Volume I of his work offers an examination of the Vedas and the Brahmanas, the earlier Upanisads, and the six systems of Indian philosophy. viz., Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Mimamsa and Vedanta. About the Author : Dr. Surendranath Dasgupta was born in Kushtia, Bengal (now in Bangladesh). He graduated with honours in Sanskrit, and later received his Master’s degree in Western Philosophy. He got a second Master’s degree from University of Calcutta. After this he got his doctorate in Indian Philosophy, following which he went to Europe to study European Philosophy. During this time, he was appointed a lectures at Cambridge, and represented Cambridge University at the International Congress of Philosophy in Paris. He later represented Calcutta University at International Congress at Naples and Harvard. He was also invited as visiting professor to Rome, Milan, Breslau, Konigsberg, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Zurich, Paris, Warsaw and England.

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