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The Concealed Art of the Soul. Theories and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology.(J.ganeri).

The Concealed Art of the Soul. Theories and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology.(J.ganeri).

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The Concealed Art of TheSoul
Theories of Self and Practices of Truth inIndian Ethics and Epistemology
©
Jonardon Ganeri
 
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If truth be at all within the reach of human capacity, ’tis certain it must lie very deep andabtruse.
– DAVID HUME
Though it be a maxim of the schools that there is no love of a thing unkown, yet I have foundthat things unknown have a secret influence on the soul.
– THOMAS TRAHERNE
This ‘I’ is not intimate with itself through and through, but is opaque, and therefore remainsa riddle to itself.
– ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER
The author, since he has no intention of telling about himself, decided to call the character ‘I’ as if to conceal him, not having to name him or describe him more than this stark pronoun.
– ITALO CALVINO
Every profound spirit needs a mask.
- FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
 
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CONTENTS
 
PREFACEPART I –SOUL-SEARCHERS AND SOOTH-SAYERS
1. Hidden in the cave: the Upani
adic self 
1.1 The reluctance of the sage1.2 Metaphors of the cave1.3 What conceals the self?1.4 The self is not an object of consciousness1.5 The hidden connection between one self and all1.6 Finding the self in the periphery of thinking
2. Dangerous truths: the Buddha on silence, secrecy and snakes
 
2.1 In defence of pleasure2.2 The simile of the snake2.3 The simile of the raft2.4 The Buddha’s silences2.5 Is the truth of merely instrumental value?2.6 Truths, two and four
3. A cloak of clever words: the deconstruction of deceit in the
Mah
ā
bh
ā
rata
 
3.1 Myth-making in the
Mah
ā
bh
ā
rata
 3.2 The enigmatic advice of a devious divinity3.3 Morality in the making: was Yudhi
ṣṭ
hira right to deceive?3.4 Vy
ā
sa speaks out, from within3.5 Cladding a lie with the truth: Yudhi
ṣṭ
hira’s casuistry3.6 On lying: advice in the Dharma
śā
stra and
Śā
ntiparvanPART II – EXHORTATIONS TO ENLIGHTENMENT
4. Words that burn: Why did the Buddha say what he did?
4.1 Philosophy as medicine4.2
Ā
ryadeva on the nature of protreptic and dialectic4.3 The road leading to the city of nirv
āṇ
a: Candrak
 ī 
rti4.4 ‘Don’t believe!’: Dharmap
ā
la’s understanding of religious language4.5 The internal exile of the transformed mind

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