A History of Early Vedānta Philosophy

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1990 - Philosophy - 561 pages
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The history of the Vedanta school is well known since the time of Sankaracarya on, and its prehistory before Sankara is quite obscure. However, from the time of compilation of major Upanisads to Sankara there is a period of thousand years, and the tradition of Upanisads was not lost; there appeared many philosophers and dogmaticians, although their thoughts are not clearly known. The author has made clear the details of the pre-Sankara Vedanta philosophy, utilizing not only Sanskrit materials, but also Pali, Prakrit (Jain), as well as Tibetan and Chinese sources. In this respect this is quite a unique work. For this work the author was awarded the Imperial Prize by the Academy of Japan. Some sections of this work were already published in Indian as well as European and American journals in English. This work is a complete English translation of the entire book. The English translation was done with the financial aid by the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and the final touch was given by Mr. Trevor Leggett, the British writer, who is well-versed in Sanskrit as well as in Japanese.
  

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Contents

The Significance of Early Vedanta Philosophy
1
Introduction
9
The Argument for Sankaras Dates
52
3 The Determination of Sankaras
87
The Earlyperiod Vedanta Philosophy as Seen
129
Thought
152
Section V
158
Section VI
180
Vedanta as it Appears in the Orthodox
296
Connection with Vedanta
323
Supplement Vedanta Thought Handed
359
Scholars Before the Brahmasutra
369
The Separation of the Two Mimainsas
409
The Brahmasutra
425
Explanatory Notes on the Brahmasutras
448
Thought
469

The Vedanta Thought as Referred
206
SubSection
219
SubSection
230
SubSection
245
Section IX
257
tures of Early Jainism
266
Problem of Knowledge
475
The Absolute and WorldCreation
484
The Individual Self
500
Practical Affairs
515
Index
533
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