Śrī Harṣa contra Hegel: Monism, Skeptical Method, and the Limits of Reason

  title={Śrī Harṣa contra Hegel: Monism, Skeptical Method, and the Limits of Reason},
  author={Ayon Maharaj},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  pages={108 - 82}
  • Ayon Maharaj
  • Published 24 January 2014
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
This essay identifies salient points of affinity and divergence in the monistic metaphysics and skeptical methodologies of the German idealist Hegel and the Indian Advaitin Śrī Harṣa. Remarkably, both Śrī Harṣa’s Khaṇḍanakhaṇṇakhādya (ca. 1170) and Hegel’s Phänomenologie des Geistes (1807) attempt to defend a monistic standpoint exclusively by means of a sustained critique of non-monistic philosophical positions. It is argued here, however, that Śrī Harṣa and Hegel diverge sharply in their… 
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