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date: 11 August 2020

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This Introduction explains the overall plan for the volume. There is, first of all, a focus on figures. The contributions engage with the very qualities that make the field fascinating to a contemporary audience: the interplay between charismatic individuals, the negotiated interaction of widely different intellectual outlooks, the intervention of critical voices of dissent and disavowal. There is, second, a new periodization of the history of philosophy in India. The earliest period of what I call “philosophies of path and purpose”; the period of compilation of sūtra and its legacy; an age of dialogue within a Sanskrit cosmopolis; an age of disquiet; a period initiated by Gaṅgeśa; a period of early modernity; the period we might describe as “the eve of Independence”; and finally, the period of post-Independence modern Indian philosophers. The Introduction concludes by saying something about the very concept of philosophy.

Keywords: Indian philosophy, Indian philosophers, periodization, philosophy as global, concept of philosophy

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