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Understanding Sankara: Essays by Richard De Smet

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
Rs. 800.00

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.

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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.


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