[Advaita-l] shaDdarhana and other unorthodox schools
shrao at nyx.net
Thu Feb 1 01:20:32 CST 2007
On Sun, 28 Jan 2007, Vidyasankar Sundaresan wrote:
> How about testing Western philosophers on the benchmarks reserved for
> traditional Indian philosophers? It requires a great deal of self-confidence
> to do that.
Good point. There is a disconnect between the Western traditions of
philosophy and logic, and the classical "six schools" approach of Indian
philosophy [*]. The charge of poor scholarship, though probably accurate
in respect of contemporary Indian scholarship, is however not unique to
it, as other parts of the social sciences are also afflicted [**].
It is my considered though limited personal opinion that no Vedantin (or
indeed even an adherent of one of the shhaD-darshana-s) needs to hang his
head in shame because his tradition of study is inferior.
[*] See http://www.dvaita.net/pdf/papers/epistemology.pdf for a transcript
of an interesting keynote.
[**] For example, note the "Fashionable Nonsense" book by Alan Sokal and
Jean Bricmont, a debunking of "cognitive relativism" in academia. I
honestly think that a proper critical study could result in exactly such a
thorough debunking of much of contemporary academic Indology.
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