The Bloomsbury research handbook of emotions in classical Indian philosophy

Maria Heim (Editor), Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (Editor), Roy Tzohar (Editor)

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"Drawing on a rich variety of Indian texts across multiple traditions, including Vedanta, Buddhist, Yoga and Jain, this collection explores how emotional experience is framed, evoked and theorized in order to offer compelling insights into human subjectivity. Rather than approaching emotion through the prism of Western theory, a team of leading Indian philosophers showcase the unique literary texture, philosophical reflections and theoretical paradigms that classical Indian sources provide in their own right. From solitude in the Saundarananda and psychosomatic theories of disease in the Yogavasistha to female lament in Greek, Sinhala Buddhist and Sanskrit epic tales, their chapters reveal the range and diversity of the phenomena encompassing the English term 'emotion'. In doing so, they contribute towards a more cosmopolitan, comparative and pluralistic conception of human experience. Adopting a broad phenomenological methodology, this handbook reframes debates on emotion within classical Indian thought and is an invaluable resource for researchers and students seeking to understand the field beyond the Western tradition"--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, UK; New York, NY
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages332
ISBN (Electronic)1350167789, 1350167797, 1350167800, 9781350167780, 9781350167797, 9781350167803
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameBloomsbury research handbooks in Asian philosophy
PublisherBloomsbury Academic

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Emotions (Philosophy)
  • Emotions in literature
  • Emotions -- Psychological aspects
  • Emotions -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism
  • Indian philosophy
  • Indians -- Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Indian


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