The Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta,A Comparative Study in Religion and Reason by Arvind Sharma

The Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta,A Comparative Study in Religion and Reason

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  • Book Name The Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta,A Comparative Study in Religion and Reason
  • Author Arvind Sharma
  • Language, Pages Engish, 2420 Pgs. (HB)
  • Upload Date 2024 / 02 / 08
  • ISBN 8170305519

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The Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta,A Comparative Study in Religion and Reason
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Western philosophy has long regarded Indian philosophy as its other. Philosophy of religion, as we know it today, emerged in the West and has been shaped by Western philosophical and theological trends, while the philosophical tradition of India flowed along its own course until the late nineteenth century, when active, if tentative, contact was established between the West and the East. This book provides a definite focus to this interactive by investigating issues raised in Western philosophy of religion from the perspective of Advaita Vedanta, the influential school of Indian thought. In promoting the emergence of a cross-cultural philosophy of religion. Arvind Sharma focuses on John H. Hick and his well-known work The Philosophy of Religion as representative of modern Western philosophy of religion and on Sankara, along with his modern successors such as M. Hiriyanna and S. Radhakrishnan, as representative of Advaitic Vedanta. His argument is developed in a series of chapters devoted to central issues in the philosophy of religion (God, Belief, Evil, Revelation, Faith, Religious Language, Verification, Existence, Reality, Human Destiny) and concludes with a study of conflicting truth claims of different religions.

About the Author:

Arvind Sharma is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. His books include Religious Ferment in Modern India (with H.W. French, St. Martin's, 1981), The Gitarthasangraha of Abhinavagupta (Brill, 1982), The Hindu Gita (Duckworth, 1986), A Hindu Perspective on the Philosophy of Religion (St. Martin's, 1991), and A Buddhist Perspective on the Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming).

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A cross-cultural examination of the well-known Hindu school of philosophy, Advaita Vedanta, in light of modern Western philosophy of religion.

"This study constitutes a significant contribution to the field as the first and only attempt so far to relate John H. Hick with Sankara. It also offers a much broader discussion of the key concerns of philosophy of religion than any other work and brings into the discussion also some other major Western authors such as Paul Tillich and W.C. Smith. Sharma's familiarity with modern Western analytic philosophy and its concerns adds a new element to the philosophy of religion discussion." - Klaus K. Klostermaier, University of Manitoba

 

CONTENTS

 

Preface vii
1. The Advaitic Conception of God 1
2. Grounds for Belief and Disbelief in God 15
3. The Problem of Evil in Advaita Vedanta 23
4. Revelation, Faith, and Issues of Epistemology 33
5. Revelation in Advaita Vedanta 52
6. Faith in Advaita Vedanta 72
7. Religious Language 88
8. Advaita Vedanta and Religious Language 102
9. The Problem of Verification 141
10. Existence, Reality, and Factuality 168
11. Human Destiny: Immortality and Resurrection 179
12. Human Destiny - An Alternative Vision: Karma and Reincarnation 199
13. The Conflicting Truth Claims of Different Religions 211
Bibliography 225
Index 229

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