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Conceptualizing Philosophical Tradition: A Reading of Wilhelm Halbfass, Daya Krishna, and Jitendranath Mohanty
Södertörn university.
2011 (English)In: Philosophy East & West, ISSN 0031-8221, E-ISSN 1529-1898, Vol. 61, no 3, 534-546 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes as its point of departure the question of how Wilhelm Halbfass, Daya Krishna, and Jitendranath Mohanty have conceptualized tradition in relation to “Indian” philosophy. They have all reacted to, and criticized, homogeneous and static conceptions of Indian philosophies, and by articulating different ways of apprehending tradition they have tried to come to terms with such limiting images. My reading of their texts has been informed by a questioning of how they, in turn, conceptualize tradition. Most of all this is related to the tendency, on the one hand, to stress that tradition is open-ended and dynamic but at the same time to speak of tradition as one singular and universalizable phenomenon, sometimes even as a reified phenomenon (“it”). This discussion is connected to a concern of mine regarding how to conceptualize a plurality and heterogeneity while avoiding a reifying, generalizing language. Toward the end I present a reading of the Nyāyasūtra and how the concept of siddhānta could be understood in the light of three of its commentaries. This reading is here framed as the practical and philosophical outcome of the reflections made in the analysis of Halbfass, Krishna, and Mohanty.

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Hawaii, 2011. Vol. 61, no 3, 534-546 p.
Keyword [en]
Indian Philosophy, Tradition, Daya Krishna, Philosophy and Religion
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Philosophy History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22794DOI: 10.1353/pew.2011.0034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-22794DiVA: diva2:744392
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-09-08 Created: 2014-09-08 Last updated: 2014-09-11Bibliographically approved

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