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Seeing Truth, Hearing Truth

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/9780199641543.003.0006

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Seeing Truth, Hearing Truth

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Returning to the conflict (discussed in Chapter 3) between the epistemologies of this Hindu theology and modern science, this chapter examines the important and often overlooked role that testimony has in the practice of science. It seeks a comparative understanding of the complex roles that testimony has in each tradition, showing the ways they are similar and different, as well as demonstrating the conceptual similarities between ‘objectivity’ in the sciences and in Hindu theology. Furthermore, it examines hermeneutical traditions inherent within Vaishnava history for reinterpreting the Bhāgavata in faithful and reasonable ways, arguing that these traditions must be drawn from when reconstructing Hindu thought after its encounter with the Western sciences.

Keywords: objectivity in science; testimony in science; sociology of knowledge; yogic dispassion as objectivity; yogic perception and testimony; Purāṇic and Siddhāntic debates; Jñānarāja; Indian literary analysis; Kāvyaprakāśa; Indian hermeneutics

Chapter.  18628 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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