International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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The dialectic of knowledge and ignorance in advaita vedānta

J. N. Mohanty

pp. 97-105


One striking feature of Indian philosophers' concern with knowledge (jñāna)- especially in the Advaita Vedānta-is the way a theory of ignorance (ajñāna) is made to play a central role in theory of knowledge (analogously to the role theory of error plays in theory of truth). In this paper I will focus on this dialectic of knowledge and ignorance (as I shall call it), and will draw attention to some interesting consequences of this way of looking at things.

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Drummond John, Hart James G (1996). The truthful and the good: essays in honor of Robert Sokolowski, Springer, Dordrecht.

Pages: 97-105

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-009-1724-8_7

Full citation:

Mohanty Jithendra Nath (1996). The dialectic of knowledge and ignorance in advaita vedānta, in J. Drummond & J. G. Hart (eds.), The truthful and the good, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 97-105.