Understanding Sankara: Essays by Richard De Smet
Richard De Smet, Ivo Coelho
- ISBN: 9788120836136, 8120836138
- Year of Publication: 2013
- Binding: Hardcover
- Edition: 1st
- No. of Pages: 525
- Language: English
Understanding Sankara brings together the essays of the late Richard De Smet, SJ (1916-1997) on the great Indian Advaitin. With the help of his discovery of a doctrine of laksana (analogy) in Sankara, De Smet challenges the traditional interpretation of the acarya as an illusionistic mayavadin. He also attempts a dialogue between Sankara's Advaita and Christianity, especially as represented by Thomas Aquinas. The present collection makes available this important contribution to Indology and opens it up to dialectic and dialogue.
About the Author(s)
Richard De Smet (1916-1997) taught Indian Philosophy at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. Born in Belgium he joined the Jesuits in 1934 and came to India in 1946. He earned a Ph.D in 1953 from the Gregorian University, Rome for his thesis on the theological method of Sankara, proposing both that Sankara was a srutivadin, and that he used the method of analogy in his interpretation of the Upanisadic mahavakyas. De Smet was a life member of the Indian Philosophical Congress and the Indian Philosophical Association, and Founder-President of the Association of Christian Philosophers of India, and in these capacities carried out an ongoing dialogue with Indian philosophers and religious personalities. He died in 1997.