Bina Gupta is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has published extensively in the fields of comparative philosophy and the philosophy of India.
The Disinterested Witness: A Fragment of Advaita Vedanta Phenomenologyby Bina Gupta
The Disinterested Witness is a detailed, contextual, and interpretive study of the concept of saksin (or that which directly or immediately perceives) in Advaita Vedanta, and a fascinating and significant comparison of the philosophies of the East and West. Central to its topic is its comparison of the Advaita notion of witness-consciousness with similar notions in Western phenomenology.
Gupta explores the phenomenological relevance of the concept of saksin in Indian philosophy, while at the same time demonstrating that the notion of witness-consciousness is essential for any sound theory of knowledge. Addressing a wide range of epistemological issues and dilemmas, as well as the perceived commonalities and differences between Eastern and Western philosophy, The Disinterested Witness is a major contribution to comparative philosophy, and forms a vantage point for cross-cultural comparison.
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