Comparative Study

| Published: February 15, 2019

‘Self’ in Indian Philosophy and Its parallel in Western Philosophy

Richa Kathuria

PhD Scholar, SBPPSE, Ambedkar University Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.035/20190701

DOI: 10.25215/0701.035


India has a rich and diverse history of philosophy. The integral understanding of ‘Self’ is often neglected, which is given by Indian philosophy and the western view is more popular. This essay starts with the introduction of main orthodox and heterodox schools of Indian philosophy. Then discussion on six major epistemologies followed by these schools, which follow these epistemologies in-parts or as whole is presented. Further the article looks into an analytical discussion on the concept of ‘self’ as given by these classical Indian schools, especially Nyāya-Vaiśeṣikas, Vedanta and Buddhism in detail. In the conclusion, the answer to the question -What is the comparison and contrast of their views with popular western philosophers such as Locke, Sartre, Hume, Descartes and Kant?, is given.

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ISSN 2349-3429



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Published in   Volume 07, Issue 1, January-March, 2019