Retrieving the Vivekacudamani : The Poles of Religious Knowing

Philosophy East and West 52 (3):311-325 (2002)

There are two main inspirations for an analysis of an important post-Śaṇkara text: the recent controversial debate in "Philosophy East and West" concerning the status of anubhava as a pramāṇa for Śaṅkara, and recent scholarship in the epistemology of religious experience that focuses on broader mechanisms of knowing to determine the epistemic significance of religious experience. These projects are combined and extended, and it is argued that the "Vivekacūḍāmaṇi" dances between the poles of "internalism" and "externalism" with considerable social and epistemic consequences on universalism, exclusivism, and the justification of claims that follow upon liberating experience
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