Who were the Tārkikas? The Place of Polemic in Śaṃkara’s Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣadbhāṣya

  title={Who were the Tārkikas? The Place of Polemic in Śaṃkara’s Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣadbhāṣya},
  author={Jacqueline Suthren Hirst},
  journal={Journal of Hindu Studies},
  • J. S. Hirst
  • Published 1 May 2011
  • Art
  • Journal of Hindu Studies
Like other Indian commentators, the great Advaitin Śaṃkara (eighth century CE) engages throughout his works with ‘fictive opponents’ and their ideas, considering their views, subjecting them to criticism and establishing his final position in response to them. Normally he does this with politeness if with vigour. However, in his commentary on the voluminous Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad, there is one set of opponents whom he treats rather differently, subjecting them to invective at every turn. It… 
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