In dialogue with classical Indian traditions : encounter, transformation, and interpretation / edited by Brian Black and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad.  (Text) (Text)

Black, Brian, 1970- | Chakravarthi, Ram-Prasad
Call no.: BL2015.D53 I53 2019Series: Dialogues in south Asian traditions: Publication: London ; New York, NY : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2019Description: xii, 281 pISBN: 9781138541399 (hbk.); 1138541397Subject(s): DialogueReligious literature, Indic -- History and criticismPhilosophy, IndicIndia -- ReligionLOC classification: BL2015.D53 | I53 2019
Contents:Sources of Indian secularism? : dialogues on politics and religion in Hindu and Buddhist traditions / Brian Black -- Dialogues with solitary Buddhas / Naomi Appleton -- Refutation or dialogue? : Śaṃkara's treatment of the Bhāgavatas / J.G. Suthren Hirst -- We resort to reason : the argumentative structure in Veṅkaṭanātha's Seśvaramīmāṃsā / Elisa Freschi -- "Speakers of highest truth" : philosophical plurilogues about brahman in the early Upanişads / Jessica Frazier -- Transformative dialogue in the Yogavāsiştha / James Madaio -- Being human, dialogically / Lynn Thomas -- Dialoguing the Vārkari tradition / Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach -- Convincing the king : Jain ministers and religious persuasion through dialogue / Jonathan Geen -- Careful attention and the voice of another / Maria Heim -- Mahābhārata dialogues on dharma and devotion with Kṛṣṇa and Hanumān / Bruce M. Sullivan -- Models of royal piety in the Mahābhārata : the case of Vidura, Sanatsujāta and Vidurā / James M. Hegarty -- Dialogue in extremis : Vālin in the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa / Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad.
Summary: "Dialogue is a recurring and significant component of Indian religious and philosophical literature. Whether it be as a narrative account of a conversation between characters within a text, as an implied response or provocation towards an interlocutor outside the text, or as a hermeneutical lens through which commentators and modern audiences can engage with an ancient text, dialogue features prominently in many of the most foundational sources from classical India. Despite its ubiquity, there are very few studies that explore this important facet of Indian texts. This book redresses this imbalance by undertaking a close textual analysis of a range of religious and philosophical literature to highlight the many uses and functions of dialogue in the sources themselves and in subsequent interpretations. Using the themes of encounter, transformation and interpretation - all of which emerged from face-to-face discussions between the contributors of this volume - each chapter explores dialogue in its own context, thereby demonstrating the variety and pervasiveness of dialogue in different genres of the textual tradition. This is a rich and detailed study that offers a fresh and timely perspective on many of the most well known and influential sources from classical India. As such, it will be of great use to scholars of religious studies, Asian studies, comparative literature, and literary theory"--
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-263) and index.

Sources of Indian secularism? : dialogues on politics and religion in Hindu and Buddhist traditions / Brian Black -- Dialogues with solitary Buddhas / Naomi Appleton -- Refutation or dialogue? : Śaṃkara's treatment of the Bhāgavatas / J.G. Suthren Hirst -- We resort to reason : the argumentative structure in Veṅkaṭanātha's Seśvaramīmāṃsā / Elisa Freschi -- "Speakers of highest truth" : philosophical plurilogues about brahman in the early Upanişads / Jessica Frazier -- Transformative dialogue in the Yogavāsiştha / James Madaio -- Being human, dialogically / Lynn Thomas -- Dialoguing the Vārkari tradition / Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach -- Convincing the king : Jain ministers and religious persuasion through dialogue / Jonathan Geen -- Careful attention and the voice of another / Maria Heim -- Mahābhārata dialogues on dharma and devotion with Kṛṣṇa and Hanumān / Bruce M. Sullivan -- Models of royal piety in the Mahābhārata : the case of Vidura, Sanatsujāta and Vidurā / James M. Hegarty -- Dialogue in extremis : Vālin in the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa / Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad.

"Dialogue is a recurring and significant component of Indian religious and philosophical literature. Whether it be as a narrative account of a conversation between characters within a text, as an implied response or provocation towards an interlocutor outside the text, or as a hermeneutical lens through which commentators and modern audiences can engage with an ancient text, dialogue features prominently in many of the most foundational sources from classical India. Despite its ubiquity, there are very few studies that explore this important facet of Indian texts. This book redresses this imbalance by undertaking a close textual analysis of a range of religious and philosophical literature to highlight the many uses and functions of dialogue in the sources themselves and in subsequent interpretations. Using the themes of encounter, transformation and interpretation - all of which emerged from face-to-face discussions between the contributors of this volume - each chapter explores dialogue in its own context, thereby demonstrating the variety and pervasiveness of dialogue in different genres of the textual tradition. This is a rich and detailed study that offers a fresh and timely perspective on many of the most well known and influential sources from classical India. As such, it will be of great use to scholars of religious studies, Asian studies, comparative literature, and literary theory"--

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