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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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Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s Representation and Its Indian Affinities

Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s Representation and Its Indian Affinities

(p.90) Chapter Eight Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s Representation and Its Indian Affinities
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the Indian affinities of Arthur Schopenhauer’s doctrine of representation. It first considers the teachings of Advaita Vedānta and Mādhyamika schools regarding the deceptive nature of the empirical world. In particular, it discusses the concept of māyā, and the likening of the empirical world to a dream; the world as a creation of mind, devoid of inherent reality; and the doctrine of dependent origination as it was reformulated by Nāgārjuna. It then explores the views of Schopenhauer, the Advaita philosophers and the Mādhyamikas about the reality-status of the world, along with the agreement between the Mādhyamika and Advaita teaching of the doctrine of Two Truths and Schopenhauer’s transcendental idealism. The chapter also highlights the link between the Western philosophical tradition and Indian thought in Schopenhauer’s doctrine of the world as representation.

Keywords:   reality-status, Arthur Schopenhauer, representation, Advaita Vedānta, Mādhyamika school, empirical world, māyā, dependent origination, Two Truths, transcendental idealism

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