Institutionen för lingvistik och filologi

Sāṃkhya philosophy according to the 6th century Buddhist philosopher Bhāviveka

  • Datum: 01 mars, kl. 15.15–16.45
  • Plats: Engelska parken 9-2029
  • Föreläsare: Olle Qvarnström (Lunds universitet)
  • Arrangör: Indologi
  • Kontaktperson: Heinz Werner Wessler
  • Föreläsning

For anyone interested in an epoch of almost unrivaled intellectual activity and debate in India, the sixth-century Madhyamakahṛdayakārikā along with its auto-commentary, the Tarkajvālā, is an indispensable resource. This partly doxographical treatise, composed by the Madhyamaka philosopher Bhāviveka, is the earliest and most substantial work to present and critically examine Śrāvaka, Yogācāra, Sāṃkhya, Vaiśesika, Vedānta, and Mīmāṃsā in great detail. Bhāviveka’s text is of unique value in its attempt to identify a Madhyamaka approach to other schools of philosophy as well as in furnishing us with valuable information regarding early Indic systematic philosophy, including what appear to be extracts from original sources that are otherwise unavailable. Most probably it served as a Madhyamaka debate manual for those engaged in discussion with representatives of opposing philosophical schools. The lecture discusses Bhāviveka’s treatment of Sāṃkhya which is of particular importance because of the scarcity of sources pertaining to the early formation and development of Sāṃkhya systematic philosophy.