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Indian Philosophy in EnglishFrom Renaissance to Independence$
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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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P. T. Raju, “Scepticism and Its Place in Śaṅkara’s Philosophy” (1937)

P. T. Raju, “Scepticism and Its Place in Śaṅkara’s Philosophy” (1937)

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(p.425) 8 P. T. Raju, “Scepticism and Its Place in Śaṅkara’s Philosophy” (1937)
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Indian Philosophy in English
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Peter Kivy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.003.0023

This chapter presents Poolla Tirupati Raju’s 1937 essay, “Scepticism and Its Place in Śankara’s Philosophy,” in which he explores the relationship of scepticism to idealism in Vedānta. Raju was a prolific scholar and a significant figure in the modern development of comparative philosophy, helping to bring Indian philosophy to the attention of the American academy. He taught both in India and in the West (for many years at the College of Wooster). In his essay, Raju examines whether Śankara is a sceptic based on his claim that absolute reality is beyond thought, but that ultimate reality can be experienced. Raju argues that there could be no clear-cut line of demarcation between scepticism as a method and scepticism according to which positive and certain truth is not attainable by human intellect.

Keywords:   scepticism, idealism, Vedānta, Poolla Tirupati Raju, Śankara, philosophy, absolute reality, ultimate reality, truth

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