"Other scholars have written on Utpaladeva, Abhinavagupta, and other philosophical giants in the tradition of monistic Shaiva thought. But there is very little on this system of thought written by a scholar so well-read in Western philosophy and so versed in the issues pertaining to comparative philosophy as is Lawrence. His wide horizon invites readers to a fuller and more expansive understanding of Pratyabhijña in particular and of the philosophical structure and dynamics of transcendental logic in general, both in India and in the West.
“I like many things about this excellent work, which presents and interprets a profoundly thoughtful and systematic monistic philosophical religious stance from medieval India from a genuinely comparative perspective.” William K. Mahony, author of The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination
A comparative study of the Pratyabhinjna system of the medieval Kashmiri <'S>aiva thinkers Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta. Looks at its characteristics both as philosophical apologetics and spiritual exercise, and situates it within the larger context of Hindu and Buddhist thought about the role of interpretation in experience. Comparing the system with Christianity, suggests that it offers a way demonstrate the reality of God against relativism, deconstructionism, and other forms of skepticism. Revised from a 1992 Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Chicago. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)