Prakāśa. A few reflections on the Advaitic understanding of consciousness as presence and its relevance for philosophy of mind

@article{Fasching2020PrakaAF,
  title={Prakāśa. A few reflections on the Advaitic understanding of consciousness as presence and its relevance for philosophy of mind},
  author={Wolfgang Fasching},
  journal={Phenomenology and The Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2020},
  pages={1-23}
}
  • Wolfgang Fasching
  • Published 14 August 2020
  • Philosophy
  • Phenomenology and The Cognitive Sciences
For Advaita Vedānta, consciousness is to be distinguished from all contents of consciousness that might be introspectively detectable: It is precisely consciousness of whatever contents it is conscious of and not itself one of these contents. Its only nature is, Advaita holds, prakāśa (manifestation); in itself it is devoid of any content or structure and can never become an object. This paper elaborates on this kind of understanding of consciousness in order to next explain why it might be… 
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