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Appearance and Reality*

M.V. Nadkarni

in Ethics For Our Times

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198073864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198073864.003.0007
Appearance and Reality*

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This chapter examines the relation between the concepts of appearance and reality in the Indian context. It highlights the fact that the quest for reality beyond appearance in India has created a lot of misunderstanding among a few Western scholars, particularly in terms of its relation to day-to-day life. The chapter investigates the metaphysical stand which is wrongly attributed to Advaita in Indian philosophy and argues that it is a natural intellectual tendency of human beings to probe behind appearances into basic reality. It also discusses the views of Mahatma Gandhi on this issue.

Keywords: appearance; reality; India; Advaita; Indian philosophy; Mahatma Gandhi

Chapter.  7853 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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