Bhakti and Philosophy

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August 2007



Bhakti is a remarkable feature and tendency of human existence having to do with one's devoted involvement with a person, object, deity, or a creative project. Bhakti and Philosophy aims to trace the larger meanings and roles of bhakti as it historically emerged in some of the well-known thought systems of India, such as Vedanta and Buddhism.


Chapter 1 Prologue Chapter 2 Bhakti as a Perennial Concept Chapter 3 Bhakti and Early Buddhist Thought Chapter 4 Bhakti and Philosophy in the Bhagvadgita Chapter 5 Bhakti and Love: Narada Bhakti Sutra Chapter 6 Bhakti and the Philosophies of Art Chapter 7 Epilogue Chapter 8 Bibliography


R. Raj Singh is professor of philosophy at Brock University.


Challenging the narrow religious conception of bhakti linked with Hindu devotionalism, the author successfully presents historical evidence in favour of a broader and richer interpretation of this concept within the various Indian traditions. Essential for a deeper understanding of what living philosophy means from an Indian perspective, bhakti is understood here as an existential loving attitude joining together knowledge and action. -- Rosa Fernandez-Gomez, University of Malaga, Spain One of the merits of Professor R. Raj Singh's Bhakti and Philosophy is to point the way to a fertile reconsideration of the Indian traditional notion of devotion (bhakti) by bringing to light through knowledge and insight what makes piety a crucial factor in the broader horizon of human experience where ethic, aesthetic and transcendental values play an equal role in the construction of a true self saturated with fervour in the multi-oriented directions of creativity, contemplation and action. -- Grazia Marchiano, University of Siena-Arezzo, Italy
EAN: 9780739125106
ISBN: 0739125109
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2007
Seitenanzahl: 113 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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