Aspects of Learning in Hindu Philosophy

Authored by: Prem Kumar

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562


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Hindu philosophy is one of the world's oldest doctrines and it is closely linked to core religious texts of the Vedas originating in ancient India. In Sanskrit véda means ‘knowledge’. It is both a rich and complex religion and could be viewed as a holistic human experience towards the ultimate state of self-realization and liberation. The body of literature on learning and learning theories, however, has primarily been viewed from a Western perspective. In a more globalized world, the interactions of different philosophical systems in a variety of contexts affect individuals, organizations and societies in so many ways. This article explores some of the key epistemological concepts and practices of learning in Hindu philosophy. It is hoped that the analysis will prompt deeper interest and research in Eastern philosophical traditions and further cross-cultural understanding of learning. In this paper, the use of the term Hindu-Indian is associated with the philosophical, religious and cultural system of India.

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