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ISBN: 9788124609460
Year Of Publication: 2019
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xv, 211
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 500

Overview

The problem of explanatory gap in the phenomenal consciousness has risen in the Western philosophy mainly because the consciousness itself and its manifestations or reflections are treated separately. Whereas, according to the Vedanta school of India, the phenomenal consciousness is merely manifestations of self-consciousness which is embodied in the human beings. In this approach, the phenomenal consciousness and self-consciousness are one and the same thing because the former depends upon the latter. Hence, there is no explanatory gap in the phenomenal consciousness. Similar is the case with the mind–body problem which exists in the Western philosophy mainly because the mind is treated as synonymous with consciousness.
This book solves the above problems on the basis of the Indian philosophy and existential philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. In both the philosophies, there is no explanatory gap in the phenomenal consciousness and the mind–body problem.v

Contents

Preface                                                                                   

Introduction                                                              

Explanatory Gap in Phenomenal Consciousness

Manifestation of Consciousness

The Identity Theory

Nested Hierarchy of Brain

David Bohm’s Concept of Matter

What Is Order

Interconnection between Consciousness and Matter

  1. Explantory Gap in Phenomenal Conciousness: Sloution in East–West Perspective

Introduction

Higher-Order Thought (HOT) as Explanation of Phenomenal Consciousness Critical Assessment

          Kant’s Philosophy                                                      

Soul-Body Dualism

The Concept of I Think

Transcendental Unity of Self Consciousness

Pratyabhijna (Recognition) School of Kashmir Shaivism

  1. Mind and Consciousness in East–west perspective      

Introduction

Western Philosophy

Mind

Consciousness

Consciousness and Attention

Explanatory Gap in phenomenal consciousness and Mind-Body Problem

Indian Philosophy: Mind and Consciousness in Upanishads

Mind and Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta

Buddhi

Concluding Remarks

  1. Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta                      

Introduction

Self-consciousness and Knowledge

Consciousness as Foundational Knowledge

Criticism of Pure consciousness as a fictitious entity

Consciousness as Witness

Unity of Cit-Atman (Pure Consciousness)

Nature of Reality

Existence and Consciousness

Causal Body of Human Being and Causal Consciousness

Concluding Remarks

  1. Consciousness in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Philosophy of Existentialism                            

Introduction

Characteristics of Consciousness

Classification of Being

Nothingness

The Cogito

Pre-reflective Consciousness (Non-thetic Consciousness) and Reflective Consciousness (Thetic Consciousness)

Consciousness of Pure Reflection

Consciousness and Time

Concluding Remarks

  1. Intentionality in East–West Perspective

Introduction

Intentionality of Consciousness in Western Philosophy

Cause and Motive

Intentionality of Waking Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta of Indian Philosophy

Perceptual Illusion

  1. Solutions to Mind–Body Problem in East–West Perspective

Introduction

Western Philosophy

The Body as Being For-Itself

The Body for Others

Indian Philosophy

Mind (Manas)

Body

Theory of Five Koshas of the Taittiriya Upanishad

Five Koshas as Solution of Body–Mind Problem

  1. Mental Causation and Inner Sense in East–West Perspective  

Introduction

Internal Perception or Self-Consciousness and Reflection as Explained by Hamilton

Inner Sense

Self-Consciousness and Mental Perception

Alaya-Vijnana and Karmic Seed in Yogacara Vijnanavada Buddhism

Alaya-Vijnana and Momentariness

    Epilogue                                                                    

    Bibliography                                                               

    Index

Meet the Author
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V.N. Misra, PhD, retired from Indian Economic Service (IES), has worked as Economic Advisor in different ministries of Government of India. He had several consultancy assignments with the ADB, FAO, World Bank and IFPRI. Dr Misra has also to his credit more than forty research papers published in reputed journals in the field of agricultural policy and development, labour, employment, rural poverty, etc. He has also co-authored (with V.S. Vyas and D.S. Tyagi) a book, Significance of New Technology for Small Farmers. Dr Misra’s study on Terms of Trade is a published work. He has now shifted his interest from economics to philosophy and has recently published two books: Science of Consciousness: A Synthesis of Vedanta and Buddhism and Samsara and Nirvana: A Unifying Vision.
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