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Concepts of Knowledge: East and West

Concepts of Knowledge: East and West
Item Code: IDG933
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 8187332018
Pages: 340
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
Publisher's Note

How do we know? This seemingly simple question has aroused the interest of numerous philosophers of East and West from ancient times down to the present, and innumerable answers have been given.

Because of the wide interest in this vital question, and at the urging of Dr. J.L. Shaw of Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand an international seminar on Knowledge was organized by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture in Calcutta. It was hoped the seminar would help narrow the wide gap of misunderstanding this subject between modern philosophers of East and West.

Thus, from the 4th and 10th of January 1995, the seminar, titled Concept of Knowledge: East and West, was held at that Institute. Thirteen scholars from overseas and ten from India participated. A number of notable scholars also attended as observers and took part in the discussion though they did not present papers.

Five all day sessions were held in the Conference Room. After each paper was read, participants and observes discussed its contents. The present volume is a collection of twenty-one seminar papers. Two papers, one by Prof. Sylvan, the other by Prof. Lepore, who were unable to attend, have been included.

Prof. R.K. Dasgupta in his paper, Swami Vivekananda Concept of knowledge, discussed western epistemology, comparing it with Swami Vivekananda's views. The editors decided that because of the paper's relevance to the subject of the seminar it would be a fitting introduction to this volume. Therefore, it has become the Foreword.

We record our heartfelt thanks to Susan Walters and Dr. J.L. Shaw for helping us with the editorial work.

The greatly Revered Swami Lokeswaranandaji, for many years Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, passed away on 31 December 1998. He was responsible for planning and conducting this seminar. This volume is a memorial to his dedicated labour.

8 March 2000

Swami Prabananda


Publisher's Note iii
Foreword: Swami Vivekananda's Concept of Knowledge vii
The Epistemological Point of View of Bhartrhair
Ashok Aklujkar
Cultural Presuppositions as Determinants in Experience: A Comparison of Some Basic Indian and Western Concepts
Swami Atmarupananda
An Epistemological study of Mysticism in Christianity and Hinduism
Swami Bhajanananda
Ramanuja's Concept of Knowledge
Pandit Dinesh Chandra Bhattacharya Shastri
Some Remarks on the Definition of Knowledge
Sibajiban Bhattacharyya
The Use of the Word Prama: Valid Cognition in Advaita Vedanta
Pandit Srimohan Bhattacharyya
Theories of Error in Indian Philosophy or Five Types of Khyati
Pandit Sukhamaya Bhattacharyya
Valid Cognition and the Truth of its Object
Pandit Visvabandhu Bhattacharya
The Concept of Realization Re-Examined
Margaret Chatterjee
Classical Yoga Philosophy and Some Issues in the Philosophy of Mind
Gerald James Larson
Epistemology from a Relativistic Point of View
Henri Lauener
Epistemology and Understanding of Language
Ernest Lepore
Confucian Knowledge: Commensurability and Alterity
John Makeham
Knowledge and Ignorance
J.N. Mohanty
Truth Vs. Workability Rehashed
Karl Potter
Knowledge, Truth and Scepticism
Pranab Kumar Sen
Knowledge: some Contemporary Problems and their Solutions from the Nyaya Perspective
J.L. Shaw
Madhyamaka on Naturalized Epistemology
Mark Sideritis
What Limits to Thought, Inquiry and Philosophy
Richard Sylvan
The Action of the subject towards the Outer World in Indian Realism
Toshihiro Wada
Patanjali's Classical Yoga: an Epistemological Emphasis
Ian Whicher

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