Convergences on Pre-existence, Existence, and Post-existence

A. Raghuramaraju

in Enduring Colonialism

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699364
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080533 | DOI:
Convergences on Pre-existence, Existence, and Post-existence

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This chapter discusses the convergence of different metaphysical systems on aspects of permanence, namely, pre-, post- and non-existence. Highlighting these convergences will help in recognizing the novelty of the twentieth century philosophical text from India, Desire and Liberation. It considers two dominant aspects of pre-existence — Non-Being and Being in various philosophical systems — followed discussions of the transformation from pre-existence to existence and overcoming existence as post-existence. The first and the third are associated with permanence and the second with change and impermanence. These topics have been analysed with examples from Vedas, Upanishads, orthodox Indian philosophical schools, and non-orthodox groups like Jainism, Buddhism, and Rationalism. It also discusses the theories of Bergson and Chandidas on relation between permanence and negation.

Keywords: metaphysical systems; permanence; non-existence; Desire and Liberation; philosophical text; non-being; being; negation; existence

Chapter.  11740 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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