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Towards a <i>Bhāgavata</i> Theory of Knowledge

Jonathan B. Edelmann

in Hindu Theology and Biology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641543
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641543.003.0004

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Towards a Bhāgavata Theory of Knowledge

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Examines the primary epistemological approach in the Indian tradition, i.e. the use of pramāṇa or instruments of knowledge, showing how the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and the commentators use it when talking about Vaishnava theology. It also draws attention to the primary conflict with scientific epistemologies, namely the manner in which Vaishnava theology places emphasis on the testimony of scripture, whereas science places it upon sense perception and reason, and it seeks to establish the groundwork for a more nuanced perspective on the relationship between the instruments of knowledge to come in Chapters 5–6.

Keywords: instruments of knowledge; non-sensory perception; Vedānta on śruti; Sarvasaṃvādinī and epistemology; dreamscape analogies

Chapter.  16325 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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