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The Footsteps of VishnuA Historical Introduction to Hinduism$
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Ariel Glucklich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314052

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.001.0001

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 Shankara and Kumarila

 Shankara and Kumarila

Between Brahman and Dharma

(p.163) 10 Shankara and Kumarila
The Footsteps of Vishnu

Ariel Glucklich (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines two schools of Hindu philosophy and two philosophers from the eighth–ninth centuries: Shankara and Kumarila. The subject matter and methodology of philosophical work is explained, including the reliance on scriptural interpretation and modes of argumentation. The two schools, Advaita Vedanta and Purva Mimamsa, deal respectively with Brahman and dharma, and the chapter explores how a debate between the two would have proceeded. Other branches of Vedanta philosophy are also briefly discussed.

Keywords:   Darshana, Inference, Interpretation, Kumarila, Mimamsa, Perception, Shankara, Vedanta

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