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Revisiting the Political Thought of Ancient India
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Revisiting the Political Thought of Ancient India
Pre-Kautilyan Arthashastra Tradition

First Edition
  • Ashok S. Chousalkar - Former Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra


January 2019 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Revisiting the Political Thought of Ancient India: Pre-Kautilyan Arthashastra Tradition rediscovers the political ideas of the original and celebrated schools of thought in ancient India—early Arthashastra and Pre-Kautilyan traditions.

This book throws light on hitherto not very well-known aspects of political ideas in ancient India, which flourished during the 5th and 4th centuries before Christ. Kautilya’s Arthashastra is a major text on ancient Indian political thought, wherein he cited views of a number of Arthashastra teachers who had written on political science. Unfortunately, their writings are not available today; only their views are found scattered in different texts. This book brings together these views to prepare a coherent account of their political ideas and reconstructs the pre-Kautilyan Arthashastra tradition with the help of available sources.



 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
The Royal Priests and the Black Magic of the Atharva Veda
 
The Origin of State and Early Political Speculation in Ancient India
 
The Origin of Arthashastra Tradition
 
The Lokayata Philosophy and the Early Arthashastra Tradition
 
The Arthashastra Teachers
 
Political Thought of Early Arthastastra Thinkers
 
Vijayan Bala and Apaddharma
 
Ethics and Politics in the Arthashastra Tradition
 
Supremacy of Politics
 
Annexure: Methodology of Kautilya’s Arthashatra
 
Bibliography
 
Index
Key features

·         This book systematically presents the political ideas of pre-kautilyan arthashastra tradition.

·         The relationship between Lokayata Philosophy and the arthashastra is analysed.

·         Discusses the close relationship between rationalism and politics in ancient India.


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