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The Epistemological Model of Vedantic Doxography According to the Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha for the Study of Indian Philosophy

Alberto Pelissero    Università di Torino    



Since there is no proper Sankrit word corresponding to the English ‘doxography’, the literary genre of the compendium (saṃgraha) is examined, in the context of the school of the kevalādvaitavāda. The work chosen for the analysis is the Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha (Compendium of all the darśanas) by Mādhavācārya. Some critical remarks on the structure of this work allow to conclude that a possible alternative hermeneutical model used to explain the particular attitude of Indian doxography, such as ‘Inclusivism’, is not entirely satisfactory. The doxographic and hermeneutical structure of the Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha seems an entirely coherent theoretical model, within the limits of its own cultural context.

Keywords: Doxography. Inclusivism. Hermeneutics. Sanskrit. Indology.

Language: en

Submitted: Feb. 6, 2020
Accepted: March 24, 2020
Published: June 30, 2020

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2020/56/010

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