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Caste and Buddhist Philosophy: Continuity of Some Buddhist Arguments against the Realist Interpretation of Social Denominations

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From the sixth to the eighth century CE, the Buddhist philosophers paid considerable attention to the issue of the caste-classes. Far from seeking to reform the non-Buddhist social environment, they endeavoured to undermine theoretical attempts at "naturalizing" the social statuses, especially Kumarila's doctrine of the perceptibility of jati. Significant parts of their critique is strongly indebted to earlier, mainly canonical arguments shaped in order to neutralize the Brahmins' pride in caste. But closer scrutiny also reveals the innovations that were made possible by the renewal of Buddhist semantics around the so-called apoha ("exclusion") theory. Eltschinger's study presents the gist of the early Buddhist arguments, the modalities of their appropriation by later philosophers as well as the new developments induced by the epistemologists.

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Vincent Eltschinger has studied and taught at the University of Lausanne and is now a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His many books and articles bear on the religious and apologetic dimensions of late Indian Buddhist philosophy as well as on the religion philosophical  interaction between Buddhism and Brahmanical orthodoxy.





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Title: Caste and Buddhist Philosophy: Continuity of Some Buddhist Arguments against the Realist Interpretation of Social Denominations
Author(s): Vincent Eltischinger
ISBN: 9788120835597
Year of Publication: 2012
Bibliographic Information: xxi, 235
Format: Hard Cover
Language: English
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