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Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian ThoughtRepresentation and Will and Their Indian Parallels$
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Stephen Cross

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837358

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837358.001.0001

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Schopenhauer’s Indian Sources: Hinduism

Schopenhauer’s Indian Sources: Hinduism

(p.20) Chapter Three Schopenhauer’s Indian Sources: Hinduism
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the Indian sources of Arthur Schopenhauer’s knowledge of Hinduism. It begins with a discussion of Schopenhauer’s initial contact with the “Oriental Renaissance” during late 1813 and early 1814 through the Das Asiatische Magazin, most of which was written by Friedrich Majer. It then considers Schopenhauer’s early encounter with the Bhagavad Gītā and its effect on him, along with the question of the reliability of the Oupnek’hat as a source for a knowledge of Hindu religious and philosophical thought. It also analyzes the issue of reliability surrounding the Persian text of the Sirr-i Akbar and whether it is an accurate translation of the Upanisads according to the interpretation of Śamkara and the Advaita Vedānta.

Keywords:   Arthur Schopenhauer, Hinduism, Oriental Renaissance, Das Asiatische Magazin, Friedrich Majer, Bhagavad Gītā, Oupnek’hat, Sirr-i Akbar, Upanisads, Advaita Vedānta

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