Quest for Certainty: A Comparative Study of Heidegger and Sankara

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  • ISBN-13: 9780820410296
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1989
  • Series: Revisioning Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 239

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    Dealing with Uncertainty

    As a Management Scientist and professor teaching decision-making processes, I have the need and interest to this comparative study. The exerts taken form both authors are well balanced. They are explained or defined although in metaphysical terms. It is a well balanced discussions and comparative study of 'what is'. 'What is', I believe is anything and it is not actually defined but our perception of it is. Let me clarify this. Because we are not actually defined but we are defining we are actually only defining our perception of that object. Our perception can be based on scientific fact or the analysis of complicated machines but these are only an 'approximation to the essential nature of all thing' and thus not an exact definition. <p> The book goes on to talk about scientific irruption into defining 'what is' in that our studying the object to define it develops a relationship to it and thus changes it's definition all together. Other effects on the definition of an object are its relationship to the world and every attitude towards its presence. Beyond any of these relationships there is 'nothing', which is the heart of Sankara to study or we simply wouldn't realize 'what is' existed. The author proceeds to define 'nothing' in its relationship to 'what is'. I felt at this point Heidegger tried to make the point that an object either exists as 'what is' or because of lack of relationship did not exist as 'nothing' by defining 'what is'. <p> The problem is two different views of the world that because our definition of 'what is' is actually only a perception our definition of 'nothing' was infinitely skewed, and there was point in defining it at all. <p> In conclusion, human's worldviews in the West or in the East can be rationalized. This process of rationalization can arrive either by metaphysics, or theology. Reality is through something he/she is still only left with a perception of its definition and might want to look at the problem from a different angle. Or decide that they have already wasted too much time with nonsensical gibberish and forget it all together. This book certainly convince you well that decision making is central to human activities in the East as much as in the Western world.

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