Heinrich Robert Zimmer (6 December – 20 March ) was a German Indologist and historian of South Asian art, most known for his works, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization and Philosophies of India. Dr. Heinrich Zimmer’s posthumous chapters for a projected volume on the philosophies of India were found in various stages of cotnpletion. “Those on the. The description for this book, Philosophies of India, will be forthcoming. Philosophies of India Heinrich Robert Zimmer Edited by Joseph Campbell. Editions.
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Philosophies of India
Return to Book Page. Philosophies of India by Heinrich Robert Zimmer. Examines the diverse cultural influences which have shaped India’s basic philosophical traditions. The six systems Appendix B: Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Philosophies of Indiaplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question hdinrich Philosophies of India.
Excerpts: Philosophies of India by Heinrich Zimmer and Joseph Campbell (ed)
Lists with This Book. Apr 24, Dennis Littrell rated it it was amazing Shelves: He died in while teaching at Columbia University.
Yeinrich Campbell, who philosophjes one of his students, took up the task of editing and completing the work some years later. This page volume is the result, published by Pantheon Books as part of the distinguished Bollingen Series in Zimmer goes beyond the six zimker systems of Indian philosophy to include Buddhism, Tantra, and various minor philosophies which are identified as philosophies of e.
In the Arthasastra the science of wealth and the voluminous Mahabharata, for example, one learns how to approach a neighbor–that is, a neighboring tribe–safely and profitably. The seven ways are 1 saman, conciliation or negotiation; 2 danda, attack, assault; 3 dana, with presents; 4 bheda, divide and confuse; 5 maya, trick, deceive; 6 upeksa, pretending not to notice; and 7 indrajala, trickery in war, such as using a Trojan horse.
What Zimmer has heineich here is something beyond the usual presentation of the ideas and tenets of the Indian philosophies. We are given a rich source of material for understanding the Indian mind and how it differs from the Western.
Unlike Western philosophy, Indian philosophy is intricately interwoven with religious ideas and practices. Unlike Western philosophy, Indian philosophy does not attempt a rigorous logical expression.
Rather ideas are asserted and truths acknowledged symbolically and metaphorically.
Philosophies of India by Heinrich Robert Zimmer
Analogy is a frequent device. Zimmer explains why this is so on pages Access to truth demands a passage beyond the compass of ordered thought.
And by the same token: It is useful, I think, to see, for example, how the ideas of Brahmanism and the Sankhya philosophy were incorporated into the Buddhist teachings, how the Upanishads anticipated the Bhagavad Gita, and how rite and ritual evolved into something close to rationalism.
Also interesting is how the unquestioned authority of the Vedas on matters of belief have been maintained in the “orthodox” philosophies of modern Indian and how they have been augmented or transplanted by the “heterodox” systems such as Buddhism and Tantra. In the final analysis, the Indian mind sees reality as paradox. To express and communicate knowledge gained in moments of grammar-transcending insight [compare Zen “enlightenments”: He writes as a historian with the emphasis on what was and why, rather than as a critical philosopher who would critique and criticize–although he is not above guiding the reader’s sensibilities.
Campbell’s editing is substantial of course, as it must be with an uncompleted work of this size, compiled some years after the fact of composition; but his famous voice is subdued in favor of his distinguished mentor. There is both a general and a Sanskrit index, both substantial, and a bibliography by philosophic category Jainism, Buddhism, etc. An appendix on “The Six Systems,” Sankhya, Yoga, Mimamsa, Vedanta, Vaisesika, and Nyaya, which Zimmer regards as “points of view” and “aspects of a single orthodox tradition” is given and there is a time line juxtaposing events in India with those in the West.
There is a reason this book is still in print, and that reason is simple: Zimmer’s philosopphies is one of the best on Indian philosophy ever written and is a storehouse of insight into the mind set of India. It would make a fine addition to almost anyone’s library. Jan 13, Sanjay Vyas rated it really liked it.
Tremendously insightful about the philosophies of India. As an Indian I was struck by the author’s thorough grasp of the insights — there are times it seems the author is describing his personal experience as a practitioner.
Still, at times it reads a little pedantically. That may be my shortcoming as a reader rather than the author’s fault. Jul 11, Ron Krumpos rated it really liked it. Jul 17, Inddia Karishma Dewi rated it really liked it.
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About Heinrich Robert Zimmer. Between he lectured at the Univ. In heinrivh was dismissed by the Nazis.
He emigrated to England where between he taught at Balliol College, Oxford. One of his students during this time period was Joseph Campbell. He died there, of pneumonia, in His method was to examine religious images using their sacred significance as a key to their psychic o.
Campbell edited many of Zimmer’s writings after his death. Zimmer is credited by many for the popularizing of South Asian art in the West. Books by Heinrich Robert Zimmer. Trivia About Philosophies of I Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.