The hard problem in Advaita Ved?nta

Authored by: Stephen Kaplan

History of Indian Philosophy

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415309769
eBook ISBN: 9781315666792
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For Advaita Ved?nta, avidy? (ignorance), the superimposing of duality on the non-dual, keeps one from knowing ?tman/Brahman. Advaitins must ask themselves: if ?tman/Brahman is self-illuminating, unchanging, Being and Consciousness, how does avidy? appear? This is the hard problem for Advaita Ved?nta. This chapter will: present a series of questions that expose avidy? to be the hard problem; present the philosophical divide between two Advaita schools regarding avidy?; and delineate a series of categories by which avidy? is understood.

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