This title was first published in 2002. This book builds on contemporary discussion of 'mysticism' and religious experience by examining the process and content of 'religious knowing' in classical and modern Advaita. Drawing from the work of William Alston and Alvin Plantinga, Thomas Forsthoefel examines key streams of Advaita with special reference to the conditions, contexts, and scope of epistemic merit in religious experience. Forsthoefel uniquely employs specific analytical categories of contemporary Western epistemologies as heuristics to examine the cognitive dimension of religious experience in Indian Vedanta. Showing the developing nuances in the analysis of religious experience in the thought of Shankara and his immediate disciples (Suresvara and Padmapada) as well as in the teaching of Ramana Maharshi, an understudied but important South Indian saint of the 20th century, this book offers a substantial contribution to studies of Indian philosophy as well as to contemporary philosophy of religion. Using the tools of exegesis and comparative philosophy, Forsthoefel argues for a careful justification of claims following religious experience, even if such claims involve, as they do in the Advaita, a paradoxical 'knowing beyond knowledge'.
'This book will be of interest to those working in the philosophical tradition currently represented by Alston and Plantinga, as well as specialists on the Sanskrit and Tamil texts of the Ramanuja school. The unusual combination of diverse intellectual traditions is the chief strength of the book, and Forsthoefel throws light on both traditions in the process of his discussions.' Paul J Griffiths, Schmitt Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA 'This book is useful for those interested in the Advaita traditions of Sankara and his successors; of Ramana Maharsi; and in many aspects of mysticism. Forsthoefel (Mercyhurst College) provides an excellent discussion of the language of epistemology of religious experience in Sankara.' ChoiceReview '… this book offers a substantial contribution to studies of Indian philosophy as well as to contemporary philosophy of religion.' Educational Book Review 'This sophisticated and vividly written study will be of great interest to specialists in Indian philosophy and comparative theology who have a taste for approaching classical and contemporary Advaita Vedanta from the perspective of the epistemology of religious experience…' Religious Studies Review
Contents: A brief history of experience: Prolegomena; Religious experience: historical context; Religious experience: contemporary philosophical context; Epistemology of religious experience; Epistemologies of religious experience in classical and modern Vedanta; Epistemology of religious experience in Sankara: Introduction; Internalism and externalism in Sankara; Knowledge and the means of knowledge in Advaita; The culture of liberation in Sankara; Later Advaita on Religious Experience: Suresvara, Padmapada, the Vivekacudamani; Suresvara; Padmapada; Vivekacudamani; The Sage of Pure Experience: the Advaita of Ramana Maharsi: Introduction; Ramana Maharsi: life and works; Philosophy; Revalorizing the culture of liberation; Social and Cognitive implications of the Epistemology of Religious Experience: Cognitive implications; Social implications; How and what we know in Ramanuja's soteriology; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.
Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?
Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.
Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.
The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.
Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.
If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit https://www.routledge.com/series/PSYREVIVALS