Before “Classical Indian Philosophy”: the influence of the Sāṅkhya logic UPDATED

We discussed already on this blog about how our conception of “classical Indian philosophy” is contingent and historically determined. For instance, if you were to ask me what “classical Indian philosophy” for me means, I would at first answer with Continue reading Before “Classical Indian Philosophy”: the influence of the Sāṅkhya logic UPDATED

A theist caught in the paradoxes of free will

Can a theist believe in God’s omniscience&omnipotence and in free will? I have argued in other posts that one can think in a compatibilist way (because God wants to be freely loved) and that this entails that no punishment/ban from Continue reading A theist caught in the paradoxes of free will

Call for Papers: The Second Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy

On behalf of Chris Framarin: The University of British Columbia is hosting the The Second Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy, May 2-4, 2014. Please note that the organizers expressly include Indian philosophy within the call for papers. The University of Continue reading Call for Papers: The Second Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy

What did Kumārila have in view when he spoke of a “linguistic force” and of an “objective force”?

A short terminological excursus: bhāvanā is a rather common name throughout Sanskrit philosophy (it designates, e.g., a peculiar meditation in Buddhism and in Kashmir Śivaism, a linguistic function in Bhāṭṭa Nāyaka’s aesthetical theory, etc.). It is also found in grammar. Continue reading What did Kumārila have in view when he spoke of a “linguistic force” and of an “objective force”?

Coherence and intentionality: Kumārila on the Kalpasūtras

Recently I read a very interesting argument in Kumārila’s remarks on the authority of ritual manuals (Kalpasūtrādhikaraṇa, Tantravārtika on Mīmāṃsasūtra 1.3.11–14) which deployed a very familiar concept, the textual coherence of the Veda, in an unexpected way. To put it Continue reading Coherence and intentionality: Kumārila on the Kalpasūtras

Book Notice: Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy

Friends, please forgive the shameless self-promotion. The volume that Edwin Bryant and I have edited, Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy, has just been released by Oxford University Press. The origin of the book lies in conversations that Edwin Continue reading Book Notice: Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy