Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. How have the traditions of Indian philosophy attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of an inner or spiritual quest? What do the distinctively Indian concepts of karma and rebirth mean? What do Indian thinkers have to say on issues of reality and knowledge — issues which are also an important part of the Western philosophical tradition? India has a long, rich, and diverse tradition of philosophical thought, spanning some two and a half millennia and encompassing several major religious traditions.