Journal Article

“A Beautiful Sunset... Mistaken for a Dawn”: Some Reflections on Religious Studies, India Studies, and the Modern University

Gerald James Larson

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 72, issue 4, pages 1003-1019
Published in print December 2004 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online December 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfh087
“A Beautiful Sunset... Mistaken for a Dawn”: Some Reflections on Religious Studies, India Studies, and the Modern University

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Using an analytic scheme from traditional Indic cosmology, namely, the Ādhidaivika (the cosmic realm), the Ādhibhautika (the social realm), and the Ādhyātmika (the personal realm), the essay argues that intellectual progress in scientific research, social theory, and philosophy of mind has been generally disappointing. Rather than thinking in terms of progress and advance, a more apt characterization of what has been happening to the human community is one of serious decline. The essay argues, furthermore, that we are only at the beginning of the intellectual development of the human species and now are in need of new conceptual frameworks in terms of cosmology (theology), social order, and self-understanding that may enable us to overcome the decline.

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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