Indian political philosophy

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Indian political philosophy involves on the one hand speculations on the one hand on the relationships between individual, society and state, and detailed treatises on the mechanics of statecraft, state policy, war and diplomacy and international relations.

For organizational purposes herein only, Indian political philosophy accordingly may be categorized into five distinct traditions: the Sanskritic (c. 1200 BCE - 10th century CE); the Jain-Buddhist (6th century BCE - 2nd century CE); the Indo-Islamic (10th century CE-1857); and the modern (c. 1857).


Sources of Indian Tradition (Volume 1): From the Beginning to 1800 (Columbia University Press, 1998).