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Comparative Aesthetics

Varanasi, Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office (1959)

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  1. Remarks on Compassion and Altruism in the Pratyabhijñā Philosophy.Isabelle Ratié - 2009 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 37 (4):349-366.
    According to Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta, a subject who has freed himself from the bondage of individuality is necessarily compassionate, and his action, necessarily altruistic. This article explores the paradoxical aspects of this statement; for not only does it seem contradictory with the Pratyabhijñā’s non-dualism (how can compassion and altruism have any meaning if the various subjects are in fact a single, all-encompassing Self?)—it also implies a subtle shift in meaning as regards the very notion of compassion ( karuṇā, kr̥pā ), (...)
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