Advaita Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Outline of Indian Non-realism

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 274 pages
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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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Contents

Sankara and the philosophical framework of Advaita
25
Sarikara Vasubandhu and the idealist use of dreaming
38
Sarikara dreaming and nonrealism
80
VACASPATI DETERMINACY
93
Vacaspati on anirvacamyatva
95
SRI HARSA EXISTENCE
131
Knowledge and Existence
133
The nonrealist critique of Existence
162
Reading Sri Harsa through 20thcentury antisceptical naturalism
201
APPLYING NONREALISM
211
Causal connections cognition and regularity comparativist remarks on David Hume and Sri Harsa
213
Immediacy and the direct theory of perception problems from Sri Harsa
236
Bibliography
262
Index
267
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