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CONCIOUSNESS IN Advaita Vedanta

CONCIOUSNESS IN Advaita Vedanta
$19.50
Item Code: IDD428
Author: WILLIAM M. INDICH
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8120812514
Pages: 155
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
About the Book:

The nature of consciousness or human awareness is one of the problems of perennial concern to philosophers and psychologists alike. Here is a systematic, critical and comparative study the nature of human awareness according to the most influential school of classical Indian thought. After introducing the Advaitic Philosophical System and indicating the place of consciousness in this system, the author presents a detailed discussion of the Advaitin's unique, non-dual understanding of man's basic intelligence. He continues with an analysis of the Advaitin's hierarchical vision of walking, dream and dreamless sleep experience, and compares this analysis with the thought of such western thinkers as Husserl, Freud and Jung. He concludes with a discussion of the Advaitic conception of liberation and the radical implications this understanding of human freedom presents to modern man. This book is a systematic, critical and comparative treatment of the Advaitic theory of consciousness, and one which will prove valuable to students of Indian philosophy as well as to a broader audience interested in the perennial question of the nature of human awareness.

About the Author:

DR. WILLIAM M. INDICH (b. 1948) has been a student of Asian philosophy and religion for the past many years. He earned his Ph. D. in Comparative Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, has lectured at the University of Colorado and Naropa Institute, and is presently teaching in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland.

CONTENTS


PREFACE

Chapter I
    INTRODUCTION: AN OVERVIEW OF THE ADVAITIC SYSTEM
      The Philosophy of Advaita
      Consciousness in Advaita
Chapter II
    AN ANALYSIS OF ABSOLUTE CONSCIOUSNESS
      Consciousness, Self and Reality
      Ontology and Epistemology of Absolute Consciousness
      Metaphors for Consciousness
Chapter III
    THE HIERARCHY OF LOWER LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND ITS DISTINGUISHING CRITERIA
      Modified Consciousness
      Hierarchical Treatment of Modified Consciousness
      Alternative Phenomenal Hierarchies
Chapter IV
    ADVAITIC THEORY OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN RELATION TO PARALLELS IN WESTERN THOUGHT
      Walking Consciousness
      Dream Consciousness
      Deep Sleep Consciousness
      Transcendental Consciousness
Chapter V
    CONCLUSION: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF THE ADVAITIC TREATMENT OF CONSCIOUSNESS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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