What the Cārvākas Originally Meant

  title={What the Cārvākas Originally Meant},
  author={Ramkrishna Bhattacharya},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
This essay proposes to review the problems of reconstructing and interpreting ancient texts, particularly philosophical commentaries, in the context of the Cārvāka/Lokāyata system of India. Following an overview of the Indian philosophical text tradition and the ontological and epistemological positions of the Cārvākas, three cases are discussed: (1) when there is no invariance in the text and the commentary, (2) when commentators differ among themselves in their interpretations, and (3) when… 
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