Shankara and Indian Philosophy

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Table of Contents

Ch. I Introduction 1
Ch. II The Beginning of Vedanta: A Historical Sketch 19
1 Vedanta and Heterodox Schools in Historical Retrospective 19
2 Predecessors of Sankara 30
Ch. III Biography of Sankara And His Main Works 69
1 Sankara's Life 69
2 Works of Sankara: Reliability of attribution and composition Peculiarities 91
Ch. IV Pure Brahman as Consciousness: Apophatic Theology and the Problem of Contradiction 105
1 Sankara's Advaita and Lokryata 105
2 Advaita and Jainism 130
Ch. V Brahman as Being: Cataphatic Theology and the Boldness of Heretics 145
1 Sankara's Polemics with Saavrstivada 145
2 Sankara and Mahayaan Buddhist Schools 172
Ch. VI Brahman in Language and Ritual: Freedom and Moral Duties 199
1 Advaita and Purva-Mimamsa 199
2 The Problem of the Human Soul: Advaita and its Closest Counterparts 218
Ch. VII Conclusion 236
1 Summary 236
2 Vedanta after Sankara 240
Bibliography 256
Index 273
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