Tradition and Reflection: Explorations in Indian Thought

Tradition and Reflection: Explorations in Indian Thought

by Wilhelm Halbfass
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791403629

ISBN-13: 9780791403624

Pub. Date: 12/28/1990

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book examines, above all, the relationship between reason and Vedic revelation, and the philosophical responses to the idea of the Veda. It deals with such topics as dharma, karma and rebirth, the role of man in the universe, the motivation and justification of human actions, the relationship between ritual norms and universal ethics, and reflections on the

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This book examines, above all, the relationship between reason and Vedic revelation, and the philosophical responses to the idea of the Veda. It deals with such topics as dharma, karma and rebirth, the role of man in the universe, the motivation and justification of human actions, the relationship between ritual norms and universal ethics, and reflections on the goals and sources of human knowledge.

Halbfass presents previously unknown materials concerning the history of sectarian movements, including the notorious “Thags” (thaka), and relations between Indian and Iranian thought. The approach is partly philosophical and partly historical and philological; to a certain extent, it is also comparative.

The author explores indigenous Indian reflections on the sources, the structure and the meaning of the Hindu tradition, and traditional philosophical responses to social and historical realities. He does not deal with social and historical realities per se; rather, basing his work on the premise that to understand these realities the reflections and constructions of traditional Indian theorists are no less significant than the observations and paradigms of modern Western historians and social scientists, he explores the self-understanding of such leading thinkers as Sankara, Kumarila, Bhartrhari and Udayana.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791403624
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/28/1990
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Idea of the Veda and the Identity of Hinduism

2. The Presence of the Veda in Indian Philosophical Reflection

3. Vedic Orthodoxy and the Plurality of Religious Traditions

4. Vedic Apologetics, Ritual Killing, and the Foundations of Ethics

5. Human Reason and Vedic Revelation in Advaita Vedanta

6. Sankara, the Yoga of Patanjali, and the So-Called Yogasutrabhasyavivarana

7. The Therapeutic Paradigm and the Search for Identity in Indian Philosophy

8. Man and Self in Traditional Indian Thought

9. Competing Causalities: Karma, Vedic Rituals, and the Natural World

10. Home Hierarchicus: The Conceptualization of the Varna System in Indian Thought

Abbreviations

Index

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