Uppsala University thesis on modern Indian Philosophy

On Thursday 24 May 2018, PhD candidate Pawel Odyniec, Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University, held his final seminar for a PhD project entitled presented ”Engaging Advaita. Conceptualising liberating knowledge in the face of Western modernity”. Assistant Professor Michael Allan from the Department of Religious Studies at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, was the seminar opponent. The thesis is essentially an essay on modern Indian philosophy. Broadly speaking, it engages with the theme of the relation between Self and Other, particularly as it is enacted in cross-cultural encounters, and examines three engaging articulations of the Advaitic notion of liberating knowledge or brahmajñāna that have been offered by three eminent Indian academic philosophers in twentieth century India; namely: Badrīnāth Śukla (19??-1987), Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya (1875-1949), and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975). In doing so, it pays particular attention to the existing relation between their distinctive conceptualisations of liberating knowledge and the doxastic attitudes that these authors assumed toward the Sanskrit intellectual past on the one hand and the Western alterity on the other. Read the thesis.