The Disinterested Witness: A Fragment of Advaita Vedānta Phenomenology
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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absence of knowledge Accordingly ADVAITA EPISTEMOLOGY ADVAITA METAPHYSICS Advaita Vedanta Advaitins ajndna appears apprehended argue assumes the form atman awareness belong brahman Brahmasutra buddhi commentary conceal consciousness conditioned context deep sleep DISINTERESTED WITNESS distinction dreaming drstd dtman empirical entity existence experience external objects function Husserl Ibid ignorance illumined illusory object illusory silver Indian philosophy inner sense intellect Isvara jiva jiva-s Kant knower known limiting adjunct locus Madhusudana manifested means of true mental mode mind mode of nescience modification nature negation nondifferent nondual notion of sdksin Padmapada Perceiving in Advaita philosophical pitcher positive prdjna pure consciousness question reality residual impressions revealed S A K S I N AND ADVAITA Samkara Sartre sciousness seer self-luminous simply sublated superimposed superimposition Suresvara term theory thesis transcendental transcendental ego true cognition turiya undifferentiated unity of apperception unknown Upanisads waking WESTERN PHENOMENOLOGY witness-consciousness words Yajnavalkya