Reorienting the Mind’s Compass

Exploring Hindu Philosophy - Ankur Barua

Ankur Barua [+-]
University of Cambridge
Ankur Barua is University Senior Lecturer in Hindu Studies in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in theology and religious studies from the University of Cambridge. His published books include The Brahmo Samaj and its Vaiṣṇava Milieus: Intersections of Hindu Knowledge and Love in Nineteenth Century Bengal (2021) and The Vedāntic Relationality of Rabindranath Tagore: Harmonizing the One and its Many (2018).


We highlight three interrelated motifs across the milieus of Hindu philosophy: 1. the relation between descriptive accounts and revisionary accounts of what exists, 2. the role of cognition in revealing or constructing the world, and 3. the relation between philosophy and emancipation. Questions such as “What is the good life?” and “How do I find happiness?” are embedded in constellations of questions such as, “Why am I here in the first place?”, “What is it that I know about the world I inhabit?”, and “How reliable is reason as a tool of human inquiry?” If philosophy begins with wonder, then it ends with the removal of suffering – this is what many Hindu philosophers seem to be claiming. And in pursuit of that claim, they move towards various types of philosophical landscapes filled with numerous questions.

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Barua, Ankur. Reorienting the Mind’s Compass. Exploring Hindu Philosophy. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2023. ISBN 9781800502703. Date accessed: 05 Dec 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42880. Jan 2023

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