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Indian Doxography and the Practice of Philosophy

Monday 27 May 2019
Past events 2019
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

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



Karl-Stephan Bouthillette

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



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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