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Shankara's Universal Philosophy of Religion

Shankara's Universal Philosophy of Religion

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Item Code: IHD59

by Y. Masih

Hardcover (Edition: 1987)

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 81-215-0007-9

Language: English
Size: 8.8" X 5.8"
Pages: 171
Price: $16.50   Shipping Free
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From the Jacket:

The contention of Shankara's Universal Philosophy of Religion, is that man of his very nature has to be concerned with what he considers to be his supreme reality. But the supreme reality is unknown and unknowable. Hence man is thrown into a predicamental situation of knowing the unknowable. This absurd situation has given rise to the doctrines of analogia entis (St. Thomas Aquinas), symbology (Paul Tillich) and picture theories of R.B. Braithwaite and Wittgenstein. But the conclusion of the present author is that even now Shankara is ahead of the stalwart epoch-making thinkers mentioned above.

About the Author:

Y. Masih (b.1916) obtained Ph.D. (Edinburgh), and D. Litt. (Patna) for his works on psychology and philosophy of religion. He was Professor of Philosophy in Magadh University and has an exceptionally long career of teaching in various universities. He has a long list of works to his credit which includes: Freudianism and Religion, A History of Western Philosophy, Introduction to Religious Philosophy, Christian Faith and Philosophy and may others. At present he is working on The Hindu Theology.

CONTENTS

Prefacevii
1. TOOLS OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT
  1. Religion A Priori 2
    Christian influence on Hinduism 5; Indian influence on Christianity 11; Ontological theory of religion a priori 19; Organismic theory of man and his psyche 22; Atheism and religion a priori 24
  2. Religious Statements Have Nothing to Do with Truth and Falsity
  3. Religious Statements as Analogical, Pictorial and Symbolical
    God and Brahman are unknown and Unknowable 33; Analogia Entis 37; Paul Tillich's theory of symbolism 39; The theory of symbolism 42; The 'Truth' of symbolic statements 49; The religious philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein 52; Paul Tillich, Wittgenstein and Shankara 61

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2. THE RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY OF SHANKARA
    Introduction 64; Shankara's monistic philosophy of Brahman 65; Brahman 66; The nature of the Jiva 71; Ahamkara 72; Jiva and Brahma 74;
    Mayavada 77
    The origin of Mayavada 77; The nature of Nescience (Ajnana) 80; The locus of Maya 84; The notion of God 86; Brahma and Ishvara 88; Brahma-Jnana and theistic proofs 91; Ontological proof 92; Cosmological argument 94; Teleological argument 96; Liberation (Moksa) 98; Karmakanda and liberation 100; Worship and liberation 108; Critical comments with regard to Shankara's theism 111; Stages of worship 113; Liberation through Jnana 115; Mithyatva (falsity) of Vedanta-Vakyas and release 118; Mahavakyas and Brahma-Jnana 122; Jivanmukti 125
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3. THE MODERN RELEVANCE OF SHANKARA
    Relativity of deities 133; Some implications of Shankara's Advaitism 143
130
4. THEORETICAL GAINS
    Shankara and social change 151
146
5. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION153
Bibliography157
Index160

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