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Jan 15 deadline: Virtue, Happiness, & Self-transcendence Summer Seminar

June 18  – 23 (Sun – Sat) | University of Chicago Applications, including letters, must be complete by January 15, 2017. Click here for application information and submission portal. Fr. Stephen Brock  •  Jennifer A. Frey  •  Dan P. McAdams  • Candace Vogler Now in our second year, our 2017 summer seminar, “Virtue, Happiness, and Self-transcendence”  is intended for outstanding middle- and advanced-level graduate students and early career researchers in the areas of Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology/Religious Studies. Our aim is to involve participants in our innovative and collaborative research framework within these three fields, and to provide an engaged environment to deepen and enliven their own research. The Seminar is highly intensive, meeting twice a day for one week on the topics below and continues in conversations informally over meals. Participants are housed on the University of Chicago campus and eat communally in a nearby dining hall. The 2017 seminar is supported by  a generous grant from the John... Read More ›

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The Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Sankaracarya

Received opinion is a good place to start but don’t live there permanently. The clever people who inhabit philosophy are often complacent about their surroundings and tend to accept the wisdom of their elders. Their examined life is no more than a cursory glance to discover what the experts tell them is the case. However there is often little in the way of conscious effort to substantiate the Brahmasutra’s (Sankara’s Commentary is meant here) own position by the use of logical arguments and philosophical problems are often circumvented by the use of parables and references to the infallibility of scripture. This is not surprising given that the Brahmasutra’s essentially theological approach, and foundational regard for the Vedas. As a means of persuading one’s philosophical opponents, however, it remains highly unsatisfactory.(from Early Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism by Richard King.)There is nothing more misleading than a half truth but to be mislead by a smaller proportion ... Read More ›

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Sankara's Afterimage
The truths of religion delivered by the scripture can be known with greater certainty than those which we puzzle out by ourselves personally or hearken to. Such would have been the attitude of Sankara and it would seem an ostensible flo...Read More ›

Ganeri on Advaita Vedanta
I’ve been listening to some of the podcasts on Indian Philosophy put out by Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri on history of philosophy It’s good that it is being done but I have to say I found the talk on Advaita Vedantaadvaita vedantat...Read More ›

Goldilocks and the Seven Sages
Perhaps you’ve seen already this essay by Derek Parfit from the files of the London Review of Books:why anything why thisI spent a couple of hours pre-dawn this morning reading it and when I crept back to bed, I sleep in shifts these day...Read More ›

My Xmas Reading
Apart from the big books that sit like big faithful dogs where I left them what am I reading over the Xmas? Are reviews of the half read useful? Perhaps they are twice as useful as the normal journalist’s offering compounded from publ...Read More ›

"But is Indian Thought really Philosophy?" (really, really)
It was probably a rhetorical question – “But is Indian Thought really Philosophy?” I suggest ‘eating the peach’ on that one. Try the opening sutra of the Kena Upanisad:Willed by whom does the directed mind go towards its object? Being...Read More ›

Time Travelling and Deontology
The stubbornness of clever people is commonplace and their retention of a view that is confounding to common sense should not astound us. But it does. Have a look at deontology paradoxand you will see what I mean. It exhibits the time...Read More ›