Readers may be interested to know that the journal Synthese, which characterizes itself as “An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science”, is publishing an article about the Bhagavad Gītā and Spinoza, currently available under “Online first.” The journal is typically ranked highly as a journal of analytic philosophy, and this publication may signal
new a revived openness to non-Western philosophy.*
The article, for readers interested, is by Christina Chuang of Nanyang Technological University here in Singapore, and is titled “Rational devotion and human perfection.” It was brought to my attention after she gave a talk on the paper here at Yale-NUS College. In the paper she argues for a view of the three yoga-s which I take it is in some ways similar to Rāmānuja, privileging bhakti. However, Chuang argues that Spinoza’s concept of intuition is a useful way to understand bhakti, and that understanding confluences between Sāṃkhya and Spinoza can resolve the apparent interpretive tension among the three yogas. (NB: I have not yet had the time to look at the paper in detail, myself, having only heard Dr. Chuang’s talk.)
Since we’ve talked about where publishing for Indian philosophy is possible and also beneficial, the publication of this article may be helpful for philosophers looking for more “mainstream” journals that are open to Indian philosophy.
*See Roy Perrett’s clarification below about Synthese‘s publishing history.