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Religions 2014, 5(3), 767-779;

A Cognitive Science View of Abhinavagupta’s Understanding of Consciousness

Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, UCB 292, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
Received: 4 May 2014 / Revised: 21 July 2014 / Accepted: 30 July 2014 / Published: 13 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Science and Religion: Buddhist and Hindu Perspectives)
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This paper offers a comparative analysis of the nature of consciousness correlating the insights of the 11th century Śaiva philosopher Abhinavagupta with the work of some contemporary philosophers of consciousness. Ultimately these comparisons especially bring to light possibilities for constructing a materialist paradigm that might operate from a prioritization of subjectivity rather than objectivity. I propose that the Hindu, nondual Śaivite system that Abhinavagupta lays out offers a framework that may be useful for contemporary cognitive science and philosophy of mind precisely because Abhinavagupta offers a theory for connecting the material with the phenomenal. View Full-Text
Keywords: mind; cognitive science; Abhinavagupta; Tantra mind; cognitive science; Abhinavagupta; Tantra
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Biernacki, L. A Cognitive Science View of Abhinavagupta’s Understanding of Consciousness. Religions 2014, 5, 767-779.

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