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Indian Philosophy in EnglishFrom Renaissance to Independence$
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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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Symposium

Symposium

Has Aurobindo Refuted Māyāvāda? (Amalner, 1950)

Chapter:
(p.593) 1 Symposium
Source:
Indian Philosophy in English
Author(s):

Indra Sen

N. A. Nikam

Haridas Chaudhuri

G. R. Malkani

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.003.0032

This chapter presents a philosophical discussion centered around the question, “Has Aurobindo refuted Māyāvāda?” which was addressed during a symposium convened by the Indian Institute of Philosophy at Amalner in 1950. This is a significant event in the recent history of Indian philosophy because of its explicit acknowledgment of the pervasive influence of Sri Aurobindo's thought on Indian philosophy in the colonial period, an instance of the regular but often unacknowledged interaction between academic philosophers in India and those who pursued philosophy in public or religious contexts. Those who exchanged views on the question of whether Aurobindo has refuted Māyāvāda were Indra Sen, N. A. Nikam, Haridas Chaudhuri, and G. R. Malkani. In particular, they explored the relation between Līlāvada and Māyāvāda, that is, between Aurobindo's realistic challenge to the traditional doctrine of the illusory nature of the world due to Śankara.

Keywords:   Indian philosophy, Sri Aurobindo, India, Māyāvāda, Indra Sen, N. A. Nikam, Haridas Chaudhuri, G. R. Malkani, Līlāvada, Śankara

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