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Anatta/Anatmata: An Analysis of Buddhsht Anti-Substantialist Crusade

by Mangala R. Chinchore

Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications

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There perhaps is already in circulation a certain kind of descriptive Account of the main pillars of Buddhism, viz. Duhkha, Anatta or Nairatmya and Anityata together with superficial clue concerning interrelationship between them. However, there seems to be an utter lack of any account concerning any pillar which takes appropriate cognisance of the phenomenon of Conceptual change, spells out defensible rationale of its acceptance and brings out the way it is connected with those of the other pillars. The present exercise deals with different issues concerning Anatta, considers its various aspects within the Framework of the controversy between Buddhists and non-Buddhists on the one Hand and between adherents of sub-trends of Buddhism on the other. Analysing these features along with the sort of rationale by which they were backed, it also brings out some of the important Consequences of the acceptance of Anatta, highlighting in the process at least two of them : opposition to substantialism-ontological or ontic-in any form and attempting to articulate an alternative Conception of man independently of any Ontological commitment or owing allegiance to the prevalent Vedic Tradition or its being allowed to be influenced by any sort of theocentricity or theogenity. It is argued that it is in this that lies uniqueness of the Buddhist acceptance of Anatta or Anatmata in any major form. The entire work is novel, and its kind has no t been undertaken by anybody. Contents: Introduction I. PERSPECTIVE OF THE ANALYSIS OF ANATTA AND ITS RATIONALE : Introduction - Need to Study Perspective and Rationale - Approaches concerning Analysis of the Nature of Reality - Considerations which weighed with Indian philosophers in their Account of change and/or continuity - Primacy consideration and range of Application - Reality, Change and Continuity - Necessary and sufficient conditions - Methodological concern - Perspective - Three pillars of Buddhism and their Independence - Major aspects of considering Nature of and Interrelationship between three pillars - Universality - Uniformity of Distinction - Independence of the pillars - Complementarity II. OPPOSITION TO NON-BUDDHIST SUBSTANTIALISM : Connection with the foregoing argument and the argument to follow - Three versions of non-Buddhist Substantialism - Carvaka Version of substantialism : Non-Buddhist and Buddhist opposition to it - Extremity of the Carvaka Position - Points of agreement among non-Buddhist trends other than Carvaka - Sankara's Advaita as another extreme - Salient points of Sankara's Advaita and Buddhism - Difference between Sankara's Advaita and Buddhism - The Samkhya position - The position of Nydya and VaiSesika - The position of Purva Mimamsa - Form of Buddhist Crusade against Mimamsa substantialism/transcendentalism - The position of Jainism - Buddhist Response to the Jaina Substantialism - Crucial difference between Buddhists and non - Buddhists - The issue the next chapter is concerned with III. CRUSADE AGAINST BUDDHIST SUBSTANTIALISM : Two phases of Buddhist anti-substantialist crusade - Different sorts of issues at stake in the inter and intra - School controversies - Decisively different aspects of the two phases of Buddhist anti-substantialist crusade - Buddhist understanding of Anatta - Reasons of difference of Views concerning Anatta among Buddhist scholars - Reasons of the primacy of Philosophical Anthropology - Roots of intra-school Buddhist controversy concerning Anatta - Major forms of the Buddhist understanding of Anatta and primacy of philosophical anthropology - Some considerations concerning approaches regarding the primacy of philosophical anthropology - Account of the rationale by which major forms of the Buddhist understanding of Anatta and primacy of philosophical anthropology are backed - Pudgalavada (corpusculism) - Skandha (Samghata)vada (clusterism) - Points of debate between Pudgalavadins and Skandhavadins - Modified version of Skandhavada-Abhidharmavada (non-transmissive dissimilarism or particularism) - Weakness of Abhidharmavada-Vijnanavada/Cittamatravada (comprehensionism/solipsism) -points of departure of vijnanavada cittamatravada - The General position of vijnanavada - modifications of vijnanavada vijnaptimatra (ta)vada version of vijnanavada - cittamatra(ta)vada version of vijnanavada - svatantrika vijnanavada - sunyavada (nihilism skepticism) - The argument of follow IV. IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS : Connection with the preceding discussion - Negligence of un-lopsided and unbalanced relation among the three pillars - Regulative parameters of Investigation - Two aspects of Anatta - Misunderstanding of Pudgalavada, Skandhavada and Abhidharmavada - Primacy of philosophical anthropology - Reinterpretation and continued relevance of Buddha's Teaching - Concluding remarks

Details of the book

Book :
Anatta/Anatmata: An Analysis of Buddhsht Anti-Substantialist Crusade
Book ID :
37769
Author :
Mangala R. Chinchore
ISBN 13 :
9788170304555
Year of Publication :
1995
Edition :
First
Publisher :
Sri Satguru Publications
Binding :
Hardcover
Pages :
216
Weight :
1 kg

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