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Studies in Advaita Vedanta: Towards an Advaita Theory of Consciousness (review)

Studies in Advaita Vedanta: Towards an Advaita Theory of Consciousness (review) BOOK REVIEWS Studies in Advaita Vedanta: Towards an Advaita Theory of Consciousness. By Sukharanjan Saha. Kolkata: Jadavpur University, 2004. Pp. 231. Reviewed by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad Lancaster University Studies in Advaita Vedanta: Towards an Advaita Theory of Consciousness, by Sukharanjan Saha, is a collection of papers each of which has something to say about consciousness in Advaita, although some of the papers have a rather tenuous connection to this theme. Saha brings to bear a lifetime of study of Advaita and its philosophical contexts in these essays. The one notable lacuna in his approach is the tendency to ignore virtually all contemporary literature on Advaita, and to concentrate almost entirely on the original Sanskrit texts themselves--although he is clearly at home in a variety of modern philosophical techniques. His views are, in themselves, interesting and carefully spelled out. ´ In ``The Many Faces of the `I,' '' Saha draws on well-known uses of aham in Sankara, Vacaspati, and Padmapada to draw the larger conclusion that Advaita is will¯ ¯ ing to allow for multiple, context-variant senses of `I,' in contrast to both a Naiyayika ¯ like Gadhadhara and Western thinkers like Husserl. ¯ ``Advaita Analysis of Suffering'' is an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Studies in Advaita Vedanta: Towards an Advaita Theory of Consciousness (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 57 (1) – Jan 25, 2007

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BOOK REVIEWS Studies in Advaita Vedanta: Towards an Advaita Theory of Consciousness. By Sukharanjan Saha. Kolkata: Jadavpur University, 2004. Pp. 231. Reviewed by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad Lancaster University Studies in Advaita Vedanta: Towards an Advaita Theory of Consciousness, by Sukharanjan Saha, is a collection of papers each of which has something to say about consciousness in Advaita, although some of the papers have a rather tenuous connection to this theme. Saha brings to bear a lifetime of study of Advaita and its philosophical contexts in these essays. The one notable lacuna in his approach is the tendency to ignore virtually all contemporary literature on Advaita, and to concentrate almost entirely on the original Sanskrit texts themselves--although he is clearly at home in a variety of modern philosophical techniques. His views are, in themselves, interesting and carefully spelled out. ´ In ``The Many Faces of the `I,' '' Saha draws on well-known uses of aham in Sankara, Vacaspati, and Padmapada to draw the larger conclusion that Advaita is will¯ ¯ ing to allow for multiple, context-variant senses of `I,' in contrast to both a Naiyayika ¯ like Gadhadhara and Western thinkers like Husserl. ¯ ``Advaita Analysis of Suffering'' is an

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