By Andrew J. Nicholson

Some postcolonial theorists have argued that the belief of a unmarried procedure of trust referred to as "Hinduism" is a production of nineteenth-century British imperialists. Andrew J. Nicholson introduces one other standpoint: even supposing the belief of a unified Hindu id isn't really as historic as many Hindus declare, it has its roots within the thoughts of South Asian philosophy from the fourteenth to 17th centuries. Thinkers taken care of the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga and the deities Visnu, Siva, and Sakti as all belonging to a unmarried procedure of trust and perform& mdash;rivers prime into the sea of Brahman, the last word reality.

Drawing at the paintings of philosophers from overdue medieval Vedanta traditions, together with Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson exhibits how thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy because the final unifier of various trust structures. This overdue medieval undertaking prepared the ground for later visionaries, corresponding to Vivekenanda, Radhakrishnan, and Gandhi, whose teachings promoted the concept all international religions belonged to a unmarried non secular cohesion. Nicholson revisits monism and dualism, theism and atheism, and orthodoxy and heterodoxy, and he evaluations such formulation as "the six orthodox structures" that experience labored their means into sleek considering Indian philosophy.

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