Materialistic non-Vedic tradition of early Indian thought, variously called Carvaka (Charvaka) or Lokayata. Its founder, who may have been called Carvaka, Lokayata or Brihaspati, lived around the 6th century BC. No Carvakan writings have survived; the school is known largely through the polemics of its enemies. The school died out around the end of the first millennium AD.

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Atheism in Ancient India.
An evaluation of the Carvaka school from a modern Hindu perspective.
Carvaka
Article adapted from Madhava Acharya concerning this rationalistic school of early Indian thought.
The Materialistic Thought In India
Speech delivered in 1990 by Avula Sambasiva Rao, pointing out the deep roots which materialistic thought has in Indian philosophy, with particular reference to Carvaka and Jaina thought.
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