Advaita Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Outline of Indian Non-realism
Based on original translations of passages from the works of three major thinkers of the classical Indian school of Advaita (Sankara, Vacaspati and Sri Harsa), but addressing issues found in Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein and contemporary analytic philosophers, this book argues for a philosophical position it calls 'non-realism'. This is the view that an independent, external world must be assumed if the features of cognition are to be explained, but that it cannot be proved that there is such a world, independently of an appeal to cognition itself. This position is constructed against idealist denials of externality, realist arguments for an independent world and the sceptical denial of the coherence of cognition.
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accept Advaitic Advaitin anti-realist argues assert Benares brahman Buddhist Carvaka causal connection causal factor causally efficient object claim classical Indian cognitive constructs coherent commitment concept of externality consciousness constitutive content of cognition critique definition deny Descartes descriptive metaphysics determinacy determinate direct theory distinction dreaming entity epistemic activity erroneous cognition error established explain external objects external world extrinsic fact features of cognition grasp Hume idealist independent of cognition independent world inquiry interpretation invariable concomitance judgment Kant knowledge knowledge-claims logical Madhyamika Matilal metaphysical metaphysical realism Mimamsa Naiyayika nature non-existent non-realism non-realist notion Nyaya objects of cognition occur ontological opponent ordinary experience Peter Strawson philosophical possible pramanas qualificand qualified Real Causality realist reality regularity theory regulative rejection Sanskrit Sarikara satta sceptical silver soteriological specific Sri Harsa Strawson sublation system of validation theorist theory of perception thesis thisl transcendental argument Udayana Vacaspati Vasubandhu veridical cognition Vijnanavadin Wittgenstein