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Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (review)

Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two GÄ«tā Commentaries by Chakravarthi... Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries. By Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad. London and New Delhi: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. Pp. xx + 148. isbn 978-1-441-15464-4. Reviewed by Douglas L. Berger Southern Illinois University, Carbondale dberger@siu.edu The Bhagavad Gītā has drawn the attention of commentators for at least one thousand three hundred years. These commentators have ranged in philosophical persuasion from the nondualistic to the theistic to the speculative, from the classical Brāhminical traditionalist to the modern European exclusivist to the contemporary Indian nationalist. And yet, despite the Gītā’s own prominence as a source of the epic imagination, religious inspiration, and scholarly attention, precious little, beyond some valuable translations and secondary works, has appeared in English that deals with the philosophical and theological significance of some of the text’s earliest readings. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad’s Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries aims to fulfill some of the unmet need, but does so through a unique and illuminating approach. Ram-Prasad explicates the Gītā commentaries of the eighth-century Advaita pre- ceptor Śaṅkara and the twelfth-century Viśistadvaitin Rāmānuja, but not from the perspective of intellectual history or complex hermeneutical or Indological analysis. Instead, he proposes in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 65 (2) – Jun 25, 2015

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Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries. By Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad. London and New Delhi: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. Pp. xx + 148. isbn 978-1-441-15464-4. Reviewed by Douglas L. Berger Southern Illinois University, Carbondale dberger@siu.edu The Bhagavad Gītā has drawn the attention of commentators for at least one thousand three hundred years. These commentators have ranged in philosophical persuasion from the nondualistic to the theistic to the speculative, from the classical Brāhminical traditionalist to the modern European exclusivist to the contemporary Indian nationalist. And yet, despite the Gītā’s own prominence as a source of the epic imagination, religious inspiration, and scholarly attention, precious little, beyond some valuable translations and secondary works, has appeared in English that deals with the philosophical and theological significance of some of the text’s earliest readings. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad’s Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries aims to fulfill some of the unmet need, but does so through a unique and illuminating approach. Ram-Prasad explicates the Gītā commentaries of the eighth-century Advaita pre- ceptor Śaṅkara and the twelfth-century Viśistadvaitin Rāmānuja, but not from the perspective of intellectual history or complex hermeneutical or Indological analysis. Instead, he proposes in

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Published: Jun 25, 2015

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