Rediscovering God with Transcendental Argument: A Contemporary Interpretation of Monistic Kashmiri Saiva Philosophy / Edition 1

Rediscovering God with Transcendental Argument: A Contemporary Interpretation of Monistic Kashmiri Saiva Philosophy / Edition 1

by David Peter Lawrence
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791440583

ISBN-13: 9780791440582

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Provides a comparative philosophical study of the thought of the two principle theorists of monistic Kashmiri Shaivism, Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta, and also formulates a conception of the nature of philosophy as a means of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

Rediscovering God with Transcendental Argument provides a comparative philosophical study of

Overview

Provides a comparative philosophical study of the thought of the two principle theorists of monistic Kashmiri Shaivism, Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta, and also formulates a conception of the nature of philosophy as a means of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

Rediscovering God with Transcendental Argument provides a comparative philosophical study of the Pratyabhijña system of the medieval Kashmiri Shaiva thinkers Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta. Beginning with intensive descriptive and prescriptive reflections on the nature of philosophy itself, the book examines the special characteristics of the Pratyabhijña discourse as both philosophical apologetics and spiritual exercise. Lawrence situates the Pratyabhijña speculation within the larger context of Hindu and Buddhist deliberations about the role of interpretation in experience, and gives a groundbreaking exposition of the epistemology and ontology of Shiva's self-recognition. He observes the similarities and differences of the Pratyabhijña with Christian understandings of the divine logos, and argues that the Shaiva philosophy elucidates a cogent way of demonstrating the reality of God against contemporary relativism, deconstructionism and other forms of skepticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791440582
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series, Toward a Comparative Philosophy of Religions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

1. Introduction

2. Interpretive Histories and the Scope of This Study

3. The Task of the Pratyabhijña System

4. The Challenge of the Buddhist Opponents

5. A Summary of the Saiva Theory of Recognition

6. Epistemological Applications of the Theory of Recognition

7. Features of the Ontology of Recognition

8. Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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