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Karl Potter, General Editor

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The Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies is an ongoing project to assemble and summarize information on the various systems (darśana) of Indian philosophy. Initiated forty years ago, the entire series is planned to consist of some 28 volumes: 26 dealing with particular philosophical systems, an introductory Bibliography, and a concluding Glossary/Index. Karl H. Potter is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Washington.

Each volume in the series contains an Introduction by its Editor(s), followed by summaries of all the philosophical texts of the system known to exist in Western language translation, or extant only in editions, or in a few cases available only in manuscript. These summaries are arranged in the chronological order in which the texts appear to have been written, and provide a guide to the literature together with a flowing account of the development of thought through the history of the system being covered. The summaries are solicited from specialists in the field from throughout the world who have an intimate knowledge of the texts being summarized.

For purposes of control, "Indian philosophical works" as understood for the project is confined to treatises which are (1) of philosophical interest throughout; (2) theoretical rather than purely practical in their intended function, and (3) polemical or at least expository in a context where defense of one view among alternatives is appropriate.

Volume I:Bibliography (Sections I and II) constitutes a bibliographical listing of the philosophical literature of India during its classical phase and also the secondary material on this literature that is available in European languages. For an updated electronic version of this Bibliography, click here.

Karl H. Potter, compiler.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1970, 1974; 2nd rev. ed 1983; 3rd rev. ed. 1995.

Volume II: Indian Metaphysics and Epistemology: The Tradition of Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Up to Gaṅgeśa. This volume summarizes the major works of the classical Indian philosophical system of Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika from its inception with the sūtras of Gautama and Kaṇāda and continuing up to the time of Gaṅgeśa (about 1350 AD).

Karl H. Potter, ed.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass and Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1977; Motilal Banarsidass, 1955

Volume III: Advaita Vedānta up to Ṣaṃkara and His Pupils. Part One contains an exposition of the philosophical concepts of Gauḍapāda, Ṣaṃkarācārya, and Maṇdanamiśra. Part Two consists in summaries of all the known authentic works of these authors together with those of Sureśvara, Padmapāda, Toṭaka, and Hastāmalaka.

Karl H. Potter, ed.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass and Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981

Volume IV: Sāṃkhya: A Dualist Tradition in Indian Philosophy. Part One, the volume's lengthy introductory essay, discussses the history of the system and its overall philosophical contours. The remainder of the volume (Part Two) is devoted to summaries of extant Sanskrit texts of the system. Many of the summaries are of texts that have never been edited, translated, or studied before. Included are extensive treatments of the Yuktidipikā, the Sāṃkhyavṛtti, and the Sāṃkhyasaptativṛtti.

Gerald J. Larson and Ram Shankar Bhattacharya, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass and Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Volume V: The Philosophy of the Grammarians. Part One constitutes an introductory essay that summarizes the main ideas contained in grammatical philosophy. Part Two contains studies of the primary texts of this school that expound these philosophical ideas, examination of which makes it possible for those who are unable to read the original Sanskrit to get an idea of the positions taken and the arguments offered. Bhartṛhari, Maṇḍanamiśra, Koṇḍabhatta and Nāgeśa in particular are treated at length. Part Three constitutes an exhaustive bibliography of original and secondary writings on Grammatical Philosophy.

Harold G. Coward and K. Kunjunni Raja, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass and Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1990

Volume VI: Indian Philosophical Analysis: Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika from Gaṅgeśa to Raghunātha Ṣiromaṇi This volume takes up the history of the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika where Volume II of the Encyclopedia left off. It begins with an Introduction by the editors (Part One) that provides a historical overview and analysis of the logical, metaphysical, and epistemological contributions in the literature covered in Part Two. Starting in Part Two with Gaṅgeśa's Tattvacintāmani, the basic text of the "new" school of Navya-Nyāya, the reader will find summaries of 32 texts datable from the time of Gaṅgeśa (c.1350) to Raghunātha Ṣiromaṇi (1510). Also included is a resume of what is known of some 50 Naiyāyikas who lived and wrote during that period.

Karl H. Potter and Sibajiban Bhattacharyya, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass and Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993

Volume VII: Abhidharma Buddhism to 150 A.D. This volume undertakes to summarize the gist of Buddhist philosophical teachings from the first texts that developed after the Buddha up to and including the mammoth text called Mahāvibhāṣā, generated from a convention held in the first or second century A.D.

Karl H. Potter, Robert E. Buswell, Jr., Padmanabh S. Jaini, Noble Ross Reat, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1996

Volume VIII: Buddhist Philosophy from 100 to 350 A.D. This volume begins with the earliest Prajñāpāramitāsūtra and ends with the works of Vasubandu and his acrimonious critic, Saṁghabhadra.

Karl H. Potter, ed.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1999

Volume IX: Buddhist Philosophy from 350 to 600 A.D. This volume continues the coverage of Buddhist philosophical thought through the period that includes Buddhaghosa and Buddhadatta, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, and the commentators Bhavya, Dharmapāla, and Sthiramati.

Karl H. Potter, ed.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2003

Volume X: Jain Philosophy (Part I). Introduction by J. Soni. Following a chapter on the Jain Canon, there are summeries of texts from Umāsvāti to 1000 A.D.

Dalsukh Malvania and Jayendra Soni, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2007

Volume XI: Advaita Vedānta from 800 to 1200. From Vācaśpati Miśra to Citsuka.

Karl H. Potter, ed.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2006

Volume XII: Yoga Philosophy.

Gerald J. Larson and Ram Sankar Bhattacharya, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2008

Volume XIII: Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Philosophy from 1500 to 1660

Sibajiban Bhattacharyya and Karl H. Potter, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2011

Volume XIV: Jain Philosophy Part II. Summaries of texts from 100 A.D. to 1300.

Piotr Balcerowicz and Karl H. Potter, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2013

Volume XV: Bhedābheda and Dvaitādvaita Systems

M.M. Agrawal and Karl H. Potter, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2013

Volume XVI: Pūrva-Mīmāṁsā Philosophy

Karl H. Potter, ed. Introduction by P.T. Raju
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, in press

Volume XVII: Jain Philosophy Part II Second Section. Summaries of texts from 1300 A.D. to present.

Piotr Balcerowicz and Karl H. Potter, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, in press

Volume XVIII: Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta

Stephen A. Phillips and Karl H. Potter, eds.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, forthcoming

Volume XIX: Dvaita Vedānta Philosophy

Karl H. Potter, ed.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, forthcoming

Projected volumes:
Practically all the planned Volumes have an editorial team of one or more persons presently committed to collecting summaries and preparing the introductory material. The Volumes for which progress is currently under way include the following:

Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika from 1660 to the Present. Editors: Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti and Karl H. Potter

Buddhist Philosophy from 600 to 750. Editor: Eli Franco

Buddhist Philosophy from 750 to the End of Buddhist Philosophy in India. Editor: Karl H. Potter

Advaita Vedānta from 1200 to the Present. Editor: G. Mishra

Kashmir Śaiva Philosophy. Editor: Navjivan Rastogi

Cārvāka Philosophy. Editor: Eli Franco

Acintyabhedābheda Philosophy. Editor: Srivatsa Gosvami

Śuddhādvaita Vedānta. Editors: Sharad Aniruddha Goswami and Shyam Manoharaja Swami

Viraśaiva Philosophy Editor: N.G. Mahadevappa.

Śaiva Siddhānta Philosophy.

Collected Glossary-Index