Nothingness in Asian Philosophy

A number of an important and nonetheless such a lot suitable principles approximately nothingness or vacancy have received profound philosophical prominence within the historical past and improvement of a few South and East Asian traditions—including in Buddhism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, Hinduism, Korean philosophy, and the japanese Kyoto institution. those traditions percentage the perception that during order to give an explanation for either the good mysteries and mundane evidence approximately our adventure, principles of "nothingness" needs to play a major role.

This choice of essays brings jointly the paintings of twenty of the world’s favourite students of Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist, Neo-Confucian, eastern and Korean proposal to light up interesting philosophical conceptualizations of "nothingness" in either classical and smooth Asian traditions. the original assortment bargains new paintings from finished students and offers a coherent, panoramic view of the main major ways in which "nothingness" performs the most important roles in Asian philosophy. It contains either conventional and modern formulations, occasionally placing Asian traditions into discussion with each other and infrequently with classical and sleek Western inspiration. the result's a ebook of significant price for college kids and researchers in Asian and comparative philosophy.

Show description

Read or Download Nothingness in Asian Philosophy PDF

Similar hinduism books

An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy: The Paramārthasāra of Abhinavagupta with the Commentary of Yogarāja (1st Edition)

Writer observe: Translated by way of Lyne Bansat-Boudon and Kamalesha Datta Tripathi
Publish yr word: First released February 1st 2013

The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of final Reality’, is a piece of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). it's a short treatise during which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a outstanding exponent, specifically nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works because the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of 3 rules: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara).

The major curiosity of the Paramārthasāra isn't just that it serves as an creation to the validated doctrine of a practice, but in addition advances the idea of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its center subject. additional, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet every now and then tricks at a moment feel mendacity underneath the glaring feel, specifically esoteric innovations and practices which are on the center of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these quite a few degrees of which means. An creation to Tantric Philosophy provides, besides a significantly revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

This e-book can be of curiosity to Indologists, in addition to to experts and scholars of faith, Tantric stories and Philosophy.

Nothingness in Asian Philosophy

Various an important and nonetheless so much proper principles approximately nothingness or vacancy have won profound philosophical prominence within the heritage and improvement of a couple of South and East Asian traditions—including in Buddhism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, Hinduism, Korean philosophy, and the japanese Kyoto institution.

The Early Upanishads: Annotated Text and Translation

This can be the complete version of the early Upanisads, the valuable scriptures of Hinduism. that includes Patrick Olivelle's acclaimed new English translation (Oxford, 1996), it is also the total Sanskrit textual content, in addition to variation readings, scholarly emendations, and factors of Olivelle's offerings of specific readings.

The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition

This publication explores the increase of the good Goddess via targeting the improvement of saakti (creative energy), maya (objective illusion), and prakr(materiality) from Vedic instances to the past due Puranic interval, clarifying how those rules turned principal to her theology. "I like a great deal the best way Pintchman conscientiously establishes the interrelationships among saakti, maya, and prakrti strategies that would now not first and foremost seem to be heavily attached.

Extra info for Nothingness in Asian Philosophy

Example text

The four arguments are: (1) the proposal that absence as a category is ontologically redundant because it can always be reduced to the bare locus; (2) the argument that absence is imperceptible, hence only a creature of conceptual construction; (3) the argument (by Russell’s opponent Demos) that the absence of any x can always be reduced to the presence of some y which repels x; and (4) the argument (by Bradley) that absences are subjective, appearing to be there due to the thwarted expectations of some mind.

Quickly, to make clear the notion of limitor of absenteehood: I may come to class and notice Amit’s absence. Amit, then, is the absentee, as Amit. But I may be looking for the only student who can read both Chinese and Sanskrit and find him absent. ” Though it makes sense to call absences negative facts, if only the presence of a relation between objects and properties counts as a fact, then absences should not count as facts. Even Russell, while giving the strongest defense of negative facts, warns us that “it must not be supposed that the negative fact contains a constituent corresponding to the word ‘not’ ” (Russell 1956, 287).

The combined concepts such as that of a golden mountain, a rabbit horn, or turtle wool, would be distinct conceptual modes of presenting pure nullity. Often in this manner are constructed the intentional objects of our unfulfilled, sometimes unfulfillable, desires. If I have the desire to own a dog as a pet, but also have the conflicting desire that my pet must sing and have wings, then I end up desiring a winged, singing dog, a nonexistent 6 Arindam Chakrabarti entity, a nonbeing (unless facing both the desires I cancel out one with the other).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.79 of 5 – based on 7 votes