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Unifying Hinduism – Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History (South Asia Across the Disciplines) Paperback – 11 Feb 2014
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In this clear, analytical, well-documented, and well-argued book, Nicholson discusses the conflicts among the various systems of Hindu philosophy and the contributions of the late medieval and early modern thinkers in reconciling the systems and arriving at a unifying picture of Hinduism in Advaita Vedanta. Choice This path-breaking work is very helpful and a must read for scholars of Indian history, Hinduism and south Asian religious traditions. -- Vineeth Mathoor Metapsychology Nicholson has created a tour-de-force that puts India's premodern thinkers in conversation with its postmodern intellectuals. -- Christopher Key Chapple Journal of the American Academy of Religion In this marvelously clear, meticulously researched, and tightly argued book which promises to change the scholarly conversation on Hindu identity, Nicholson sets the record straight regarding the historical emergence of what is today widely known as Hinduism... -- Jeffery D. Long Religious Studies Review Given the enormous scope of its enquiry, the work is relatively concise, very accessible and therefore suitable for the advanced undergraduate or graduate classroom. More than this, it belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history, and historiography, of Indian philosophy. -- Reid Locklin Sophia Lucid and accessible, Andrew Nicholson's book offers an excellent model for South Asianists seeking to engage with the wider field of religious studies. Journal of the Amer. Academy of Religion Unifying Hinduism is an erudite, informative book. -- Kaif Mahmood South Asian History and Culture
About the Author
Andrew J. Nicholson is assistant professor of Hinduism and Indian intellectual history in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University.
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The author analyzes the opinions of Vijnanabhishu through his commentaries on the texts of Sankhya, Yoga and Vedanta. The author highlights the application of Navya Nyaya terminology in the discourses of Vijnanabhikshu. In the second half, the author undertakes the task of explaining how Vijnanabhikshu attempts a synthesis of different schools into a larger framework. The comparison to similar efforts undertaken by other scholars, medieval and modern, and the consequences of their writings is brought out splendidly.
The book urges the reader to explore the vast landscape of Hindu thought without accepting both simplistic adulation (emerging from Hindu-supremacist factions) and denial (emerging from colonial and missionary factions). The author provides an immense set of references at the end of the book which would prove useful to anyone interested in a dispassionate academic study of several useful subjects in Indology.
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