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An Introduction to Madhva Vedanta

1st Edition

By Deepak Sarma


174 pages

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Paperback: 9780754606376
pub: 2003-11-21
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This introduction to the Madhva school of Vedanta is accessible to a wide audience with interest in Hinduism, Indian thought and in the comparative philosophy of religion. Deepak Sarma explores the philosophical foundations of Madhva Vedanta and then presents translations of actual debates between the Madhva and Advaita schools of Vedanta, thus positioning readers at the centre of the 700 year-old controversy between these two schools of Vedanta. Original texts of Madhvacarya are included in an appendix, in translation and in Sanskrit.


'The author was born into the tradition founded by Madhvacarya (1238-1317 CE), and his book is written both for students and for contemporary followers of Madhvacarya who do not have access to his writings in Sanskrit… Dvaita [Madhva] Vedanta is treated in reference works on Hindu philosophy, but until the present work there has been no comparable introductory volume to set beside the many such volumes on Advaita Vedanta.' Theological Book Review 'This outstanding book…' Acta Comparanda

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Madhvacarya and the Madhva tradition; Madhva epistemology; Madhva ontology; Madhva soteriology; Samvada, discussion and debate; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

About the Series

Ashgate World Philosophies Series

Ashgate World Philosophies Series
The Ashgate World Philosophies series responds to the remarkable growth of interest among English-language readers in recent years in philosophical traditions outside those of 'the West'. The traditions of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese thought, as well as those of the Islamic world, Latin America, Africa, Aboriginal Australian, Pacific and American Indian peoples, are all attracting lively attention from professional philosophers and students alike, and this Ashgate series provides introductions to these traditions as well as in-depth research into central issues and themes within those traditions. The series is particularly designed for readers whose interests are not adequately addressed by general surveys of 'World Philosophy', and it includes accessible, yet research-led, texts for wider readership and upper-level student use, as well as research monographs. The series embraces a wide variety of titles ranging from introductions on particular world philosophies and informed surveys of the philosophical contributions of geographical regions, to in-depth discussion of a theme, topic, problem or movement and critical appraisals of individual thinkers or schools of thinkers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General