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Religions 2017, 8(8), 145; doi:10.3390/rel8080145

Studies on Bhartṛhari and the Pratyabhijñā: The Case of svasavedana

Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Hollandstraße 11–13, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Received: 30 June 2017 / Revised: 31 July 2017 / Accepted: 2 August 2017 / Published: 7 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Society for Tantric Studies Proceedings (2016))
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The article addresses a critical problem in the history of South Asian philosophy, namely the nature of the ‘knowledge of knowledge’ (svasaṃvedana). In particular, it investigates how the Śaiva tantric school of the Pratyabhijñā (10th–11th c. CE) used the notion as an argument against the Buddhists’ ideas on the nature of the self. The paper then considers the possibility that the source of the Śaivas’ discussion was the work of the philosopher/grammarian Bhartṛhari (5th c. CE). View Full-Text
Keywords: Pratyabhijñā; Bhartṛhari; Buddhist philosophy; soteriology; Indian philosophy; epistemology; ontology; Tantrism; Hinduism; Hindu philosophy Pratyabhijñā; Bhartṛhari; Buddhist philosophy; soteriology; Indian philosophy; epistemology; ontology; Tantrism; Hinduism; Hindu philosophy
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Ferrante, M. Studies on Bhartṛhari and the Pratyabhijñā: The Case of svasavedana. Religions 2017, 8, 145.

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