In the case of the Śyena and the Agnīṣomīya rituals, violence is once condemned and once allowed, causing long discussions among Mīmāṃsā authors. Similarly, the prohibition to eat kalañja, onion and garlic is interpreted differently than the prohibition to look Continue reading
In general, classical Indian philosophers tend to define śarīra ‘body’ as a tool for experience (bhogasādhana). Thus, most philosophers state that plants only seem to have bodies because of our anthropomorphic tendencies, which make us believe that they function like Continue reading
In the world-view of a fundamental Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta teacher like Vedānta Deśika (1269–1370, aka Veṅkaṭanātha), theology is the center of the system and epistemology and ontology assume their role and significance only through their relationship with this center.
In a recent exchange with Graham Priest, Massimo Pigliucci (who works mainly in philosophy of science) takes aim at this notion that most Western philosophers’ disdain for Buddhism has to do with an aversion to contradictions, easily understood if one’s pursuit of Continue reading
I was raised up believing I was somehow unique Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see. And now after some thinking I’d say I’d rather be A functioning cog in some great machinery, serving Continue reading
Here is a link to a lecture on karma that I give in my Introduction to Asian Religions course at The University of Calgary. This is also a topic that I’m writing some papers on, with the hope of eventually Continue reading
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
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