Knowing Beyond Knowledge: Epistemologies of Religious Experience in Classical and Modern Advaita

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  • Book Name Knowing Beyond Knowledge: Epistemologies of Religious Experience in Classical and Modern Advaita
  • Author Thomas A. Forsthoefel
  • Language, Pages English, 200 Pgs. (HB)
  • Upload Date 2023 / 10 / 17
  • ISBN 9788120829565, 8120829565

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Knowing Beyond Knowledge: Epistemologies of Religious Experience in Classical and Modern Advaita
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This book builds on contemporary discussion of 'mysticism' and religious experience by examining the process and content of 'religious knowing' in classical and modern Advaita. Drawing from the work of William Alston and Alvin Plantinga. Thomas Forsthoefel examines key streams of Advaita with special reference to the conditions, contexts, and scope of epistemic merit in religious experience. Forsthoefel uniquely employs specific analytical categories of contemporary Western epistemologies as heuristics to examine the cognitive dimension of religious experience in Indian Vedanta.

Showing the developing nuances in the analysis of religious experience in the thought of Shankara and his immediate disciples (Suresvara and Padmapada) as well as in the teaching of Ramana Maharshi, an understudied but important South Indian saint of the 20th century, this book offers a substantial contribution to studies of Indian philosophy as well as to contemporary philosophy of religion. Using the tools of exegesis and comparative philosophy Forsthoefel argues for a careful justification of claims following religious experience, even if such claims involve, as they do in the Advaita, a paradoxical `knowing beyond knowledge'.


About the Author

THOMAS A. FORSTHOEFEL earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, specializing in Indian philosophy and religion. His publications have appeared in numerous journals, including Philosophy East and West, Journal of Vaisnava Studies, Journal of Dharma, and the International Journal of Hindu Studies. His areas of interest include comparative philosophy and theology, the study of mysticism and religious experience, and the phenomenon of the guru in India. He is currently co-editing a book on mahagurus and, in addition, working on a book that examines the epistemology of holiness, The Communion of Saints: Models of Holiness in a World of Conflict (Orbis).

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