Advaita vedanta is the non-dualistic school of Vedanta primarily explicated by ariikara (ca. 788-820). The purpose of this study is to undertake an analysis of the epistemological issues inherent in the Advaita Vedanta theory of the knowing and the known, to explicate their two-tiered theory of knowledge from a phenomenalistic perspective, and at the same time to make sense of the over-arching unity that prevails over the duality and division. The interpretation and analysis is based on Dharmaraja's Vedanta Paribbasa (VP) and its commentary Paribba.sa Prakasika (PP). The author has made PP the basis of her exegetical commentary, which incorporates in its analysis the distinctive points of other commentaries on VP. This work not only discusses the issues raised in VP but also the questions not anticipated in the text of VP. It is incisive, analytical, and eminently into philosophical with respect to the leading traditions of India.
The theory of perception of the text of VP is Gupta's primary focus The present work also includes a translation of the perception chapter of the text of VP and a free reconstruction of the gloss provided on it by PP. Additionally, the book contains extensive critical notes clarifying some of the complex ideas contained in VP and PP.
Bina Gupta holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Carbondale. She is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the South Asia Language and Area Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr Gupta is the philosophy editor for the international journal South Asia in Review, a trustee (UMC representative) of the American Institute of Indian Studies, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.
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