Tag Archives: Hinduism

An Advaitin Questions Berkeley

One of Berkeley’s central metaphysical theses is that spirit and perceivables differ toto caelo from one another — perceivables (“Ideas”) are passive, inert; they’re what appears. But to appear, Berkeley notes, is a dative relation — every appearance is an appearance to. To … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radhakrishnan’s Gnostic Christ

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a thinker of extraordinary range — the short excerpt one of his works in the Source Book of Indian Philosophy includes quotations from the Upanishads, Shamkara, and the Buddha alongside Plato, the Bible, Plotinus, Eckhart, Calvin, William James, … Continue reading

Posted in Analogy of Being, Christology, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Jesus, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ramanuja, Aurobindo, and Hart on the One and the Many

Shankara is a famous advocate for a fully monist interpretation of the Upanishads and the Vedanta philosophy that developed from it. For instance: “The difference between the individual self and the highest Lord is owing to wrong knowledge only” (1.3.19,Sourcebook of Indian Philosophy, 515). … Continue reading

Posted in David B. Hart, David Hart, Hinduism, Ramanuja, Sarvapelli Radhakrishnan, Shankara, The One and the Many, Trinity, Upanishads | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ramanuja Against Shankara’s Intellectualism

In his commentary on the Vedanta Sutras, Shankara (8th-9th c.) insists, “That the knowledge of Brahman refers to something which is not a thing to be done, and therefore is not concerned either with the pursuit or the avoidance of any … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Epistemology, Hinduism, Plato, Ramanuja, Shankara, Thomas Aquinas, Virtue | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shankara and the Meno Thesis

“Knowledge although springing up through the mediation of learning and so on, springs up only in so far as learning destroys the obstacles in the way of knowledge.” That could easily be a quotation from Plato’s Meno, where Socrates argues that … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Hinduism, Meno, Plato, Shankara | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Sanctity as Theology’s Prelude: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Among Christians who have reflected on the relationship between sanctity (sc. holiness, “living Christianly”) and the intellectual discipline called “theology,” many have argued that the former is a necessary condition for the latter, that a theologian must (at least aspirationally) be … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Gregory Nazianzen, Hinduism, Sanctity and Theology, Shankara, Vedanta | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Buddhist skepticism

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan argues that one unifying conviction of the six Brahmanical darsanas, the “orthodox systems” of classical Hindu thought, was an opposition to “the skepticism of the Buddhists” (Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, 354). What does that mean, exactly? Well, consider this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment