Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory by Jonathan B. Edelmann (review)

Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory by Jonathan... which Cārvāka /Lokāyata can be understood. Gokhale claims, “if we want to study Indian philosophy today as a relevant and meaningful subject, then we should highlight its secular and rational aspects, rather than its other-worldly and religious aspects” (p. 198). Many readers will disagree with Gokhale’s claim. Nonetheless, I suspect many will agree that the secular aspects of classical Indian philosophy, rep- resented most thoroughly by the Cārvākas, are well worth understanding. Gokhale provides fruitful resources for doing so. Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory. By Jonathan B. Edelmann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. 251. isbn 78-0-19- 964154-3. Reviewed by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad Lancaster University c.ram-prasad@lancaster.ac.uk Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory is a conceptually ambitious book, because it seeks to articulate a program and a posi- tion so novel that there is scarcely any extant literature to draw on. The reader with a background in the study of Hinduism and Indian philosophy is likely to be puzzled by the juxtaposition of topics indicated by the title of the book. But what Jonathan Edelmann is setting out to do is to create an area of work in the study of Hindu http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory by Jonathan B. Edelmann (review)

Philosophy East and West, Volume 68 (2) – Apr 10, 2018

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which Cārvāka /Lokāyata can be understood. Gokhale claims, “if we want to study Indian philosophy today as a relevant and meaningful subject, then we should highlight its secular and rational aspects, rather than its other-worldly and religious aspects” (p. 198). Many readers will disagree with Gokhale’s claim. Nonetheless, I suspect many will agree that the secular aspects of classical Indian philosophy, rep- resented most thoroughly by the Cārvākas, are well worth understanding. Gokhale provides fruitful resources for doing so. Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory. By Jonathan B. Edelmann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. 251. isbn 78-0-19- 964154-3. Reviewed by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad Lancaster University c.ram-prasad@lancaster.ac.uk Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory is a conceptually ambitious book, because it seeks to articulate a program and a posi- tion so novel that there is scarcely any extant literature to draw on. The reader with a background in the study of Hinduism and Indian philosophy is likely to be puzzled by the juxtaposition of topics indicated by the title of the book. But what Jonathan Edelmann is setting out to do is to create an area of work in the study of Hindu

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