Cārvāka Fragments: A New Collection

@article{Bhattacharya2002CrvkaFA,
  title={Cārvāka Fragments: A New Collection},
  author={Ramkrishna Bhattacharya},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  year={2002},
  volume={30},
  pages={597-640}
}
A collection of all available Cârvâka fragments has been a desideratum since Henry Thomas Colebrooke first wrote on the materialist tradition in India in 1827.1 For a pretty long time scholars relied almost exclusively on Sâyana-mâdhava's exposition in the Sarvadarsanasmgraha (SDS), Chapter 1 ? Slow but steady discovery of many a Carvâka fragment, specially in the Buddhist and Jain works and other compendia of philosophical systems, made it clear that there was more than meets the eye. Formerly… 

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