Coward (religious studies, U. of Calgary) explores the similarities and differences between the language theories of modern French philosopher Jacques Derrida and several traditional Indian schools of thought.
What was the nature and degree of Eastern influence on Carl Jung's complex concept of "the Self"? It is argued that Chinese Taoism rather than Hinduism provided the fundamental formative influence on this central idea, especially as it is expressed through the I Ching. This influence came indirectly through the development of Jung's notion of "synchronicity," correlative parallels between the inner and the outer realms of experience.
Description: T.R.V. Murti was an original and leading thinker among the Indian philosophers of the twentieth century. He had a brilliant philosophical mind, a love of analysis and argument, and a respect for texts, especially the ones with which he disagreed, as seen in his most important book, The Central Philosophy of Buddhism. With both traditional Shastri training and a Western style Ph.D., Murti was able to bring both strengths to his writing and teaching. Murti knew everything by heart, all (...) the Sutra texts, the Upanisads and other philosophical classics, Panini s grammar, and Patanjali s Great Commentary and other core texts. Upon that foundation, he evaluated doctrines and ideas. Though a philosopher of the classical type, he was also alive to the latest philosophical currents of his day and effectively related the wisdom of traditional teaching to the contemporary questions. It was this last quality that made him a most sought after teacher by students from around the world. Murti spoke with such eloquence and authority that few would dare to interrupt him. He represented the best of Indian philosophical tradition to the world through his teaching at places such as Oxford, Copenhagen, Harvard, Hawaii, and McMaster University in Canada. This book offers an overview and assessment of Murti s scholarship on Buddhism in its Brahmanical context, Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism, Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of spirit. The book begins with a biography of Murti and a discussion of the philosophical influences upon him. Also included is a complete list of Murti s writings. (shrink)
This Article examines the question of whether and how religion and law can work together in responding to the global challenge of population pressure, excess consumption, and environmental degradation. Part I suggests that while law can change the pattern of consumption, it is religion which has the ability to change how much we consume and how we reproduce. In the post-Cairo, post-Beijing world, female theologians and feminist nongovernmental organizations have already begun the process of changing consumption and reproduction patterns by (...) the production of new theology on population and consumption that is being picked up by grassroots movements around the world. Examples are offered from Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. In Part II, this question is asked: Does the modern liberal state in its policy and law pose an obstacle to the engagement of the world's religions in dealing with the population-consumption-ecology problematic? The Article suggests that unless a way is found of extending ethical standing beyond the autonomous individual to the collective, law does pose an obstacle to engaging the help of religion in dealing with the population-consumption-ecology problematic. (shrink)