The Disinterested Witness: A Fragment of Advaita Vedanta Phenomenology

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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. Addressing a wide range of epistemological dilemmas, as well as perceived commonalities and differences between Eastern and Western philosophy, it is a major contribution to comparative ...

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Overview

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. Addressing a wide range of epistemological dilemmas, as well as perceived commonalities and differences between Eastern and Western philosophy, it is a major contribution to comparative philosophy and forms a vantage point for cross-cultural comparison.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810115651
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: SPEP Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 815,825
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


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. 
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Table of Contents

Author's Note
Preface
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The Advaita Notion of Saksin Witness-Consciousness; its Anticipations in the Upanisads and Gaudapada 17
3 Samkara on Saksin 33
4 Saksin and Advaita Epistemology 57
5 Saksin and Advaita Metaphysics 113
6 Saksin and Western Phenomenology 145
Notes 169
Glossary 203
Bibliography 211
Index 219
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