Cārvāka

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Carvaka, CArvAka, Caarvaaka


  1. sweet tongued
  2. one with an attractive or charming speech
  3. a philosopher of ancient India whose personal identity and life is obscure, and who is the propagator of an ancient non-theistic, anti-idealistic, materialist and anti-theological philosophy named after him, which is the first instance in history of non-religious and non-theistic materialism, and which along with Sāńkhya, precedes all the philosophical schools of India.