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Debate

Indian Doxography and the Practice of Philosophy

Date
Monday 27 May 2019
Time
Series
Past events 2019
Location
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room
1.03

This event is sponsored by the Leiden University Centre for Intercultural Philosophy

 

Presenter: 

Karl-Stephan Bouthillette

Researcher, Department of Asian Studies, Ludwig-Maximillians University, Munich

 

Discussant:

Phillip A. Mass

Researcher, Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig

 

The purpose of Indian doxography in general, a literary genre of philosophy which has received little attention in scholarly circles, was far more vital to, and certainly more illustrative of, the practice of philosophy in classical India than is generally believed. Of primary interest are the dialectical and religious attitudes adopted by doxographers while engaging with the plurality of views prevalent in the dialogic world of their days. There is more to Indian philosophical doxography than a mere listing or summary of competing views.  A range of hermeneutical, agonistic, philosophical and spiritual issues are taken up in the great surviving Indian doxographies.  This talk will examine some of these issues in the cases of the Madhyamaka-hṛdaya-kārikā of the Buddhist Bhāviveka, the Ṣaḍ-darśana-samuccayaof the Jain Haribhadra, and the Sarva-siddhānta-saṅgraha attributed to the Advaitin Śaṅkara  

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