FEATURE REVIEW Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Indian Philosophy and the Consequences of Knowledge: Themes in Ethics, Metaphysics and Soteriology. By Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2007. Pp. xiv þ 176. In Indian Philosophy and the Consequences of Knowledge: Themes in Ethics, Metaphysics and Soteriology, his newly-released contribution to the fields of Indian and cross-cultural philosophy, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad offers a collection of essays published over the past eight years exploring important ethical, epistemological, ´ and soteriological issues in Jainism, the Brahminical darsanas, and Indian Buddhist ¯ thought. The very broadly construed theme that unifies the essays in this collection is an explication of the various uses of knowledge articulated in the Indian tradition. This explication, Ram-Prasad tells us, is ``about both conducting a purely intellectual study of reality and seeking some higher end that this study is held to secure'' (p. xi). That the pursuit of knowledge is conceived as meaningful in classical India in order to attain some ``higher end'' is a perfectly valid focus for any study of this philosophical tradition. What makes Ram-Prasad's collection especially valuable is the clarity with which this focus is trained on fundamental and defining problems that the tradition
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