Contrary Thinking: Selected Essays of Daya Krishna

Daya Krishna*, Nalini Bhushan (Editor), Jay L. Garfield (Editor), Daniel Raveh (Editor)

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Daya Krishna was easily the most creative and original Indian philosopher of the second half of the twentieth century. His thought and philosophical energy dominated academic Indian philosophy and determined the nature of the engagement of Indian philosophy with Western philosophy during that period. He passed away recently, leaving behind an enormous corpus of published work on a wide range of philosophical topics, as well as a great deal of incomplete, nearly-complete and complete-but-as-yet-unpublished work. Krishna's thought and publications address a broad range of philosophical issues, including issues of global philosophical importance that transcend considerations of particular traditions; issues particular to Indian philosophy; and issues at the intersection of Indian and Western philosophy, especially questions about the philosophy of language and ontology that emerge in the context of his Samvada project that brought together Western philosophers and Nyaya pandits to discuss questions in the philosophy of language and metaphysics. The volume is organized as a set of ten couplets and triplets. Each draws together papers from different periods in Krishna's life: some take different approaches to the same problem or text; in some cases, the second paper references and takes issue with arguments developed in the first; in still others, Krishna addresses very different topics, but using the same distinctive philosophical methodology. These couplets are framed by two of Krishna's finest metaphilosophical essays, one that introduces his approach, and one that draws some of his grand morals about the discipline.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages344
ISBN (Electronic)0190267631, 0199795622, 1283427346, 9786613427342
ISBN (Print)9780199795550
StatePublished - 2011


  • Daya Krishna
  • Indian philosophy
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Ontology
  • Philosophy of language
  • Western philosophy

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Philosophy, Indic
  • פילוסופיה הודית
  • Indic philosophy
  • Philosophy, East Indian


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