Conceptualisations of Nature in Indian Traditions of Thought

Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 12)


This chapter analyses the equivalents of the term “nature” in Indian philosophy. After an initial survey of various concepts related to nature, I discuss in some detail a few terms like prakŗti, nisarga , padārtha, and dravya from different schools of Indian philosophy. The process of evolution and creation of the material world and the way things are related to each other is described. As some of these terms persist in the contemporary times as equivalents of nature, I dwell at length on some pre-modern interpretations of these concepts and also briefly suggest the ecological implications of such understandings.


Translation Loka Prakŗti Nisarga Nature in Indian philosophies Categories Padārtha Dravya 


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  1. 1.Manipal Centre for Philosophy and HumanitiesManipal UniversityManipalIndia

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