Aham:I: The Enigma of I-consciousness

Hardcover | May 15, 2013

byAnindita Niyogi Balslev

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Given the shared conviction about the indubitability of I-consciousness, this book analyses the repeated philosophical adventures over centuries to understand its enigmatic character. Philosophers - votaries of the self or the no-self theories - who tried to unveil the phenomenon ofI-consciousness have employed various explanatory strategies but have not reached any unanimous conclusion. Hosts of psychological, epistemological, linguistic, metaphysical, phenomenological, ethical, even religious interpretations are available. While the major focus is on the Upanisadic and the Buddhist traditions, this volume also examines Western philosophical traditions. It also discusses the expository and the polemical aspects present in the theory-making endeavours recorded in the Indian sources. Based on this rich material, the bookanalyses an array of concerns closely related to the central theme of I-consciousness in a cross-cultural philosophical context. This study leads to the overwhelming recognition of the fact that the phenomenon of I-consciousness that is existentially closest to us is furthest from ourunderstanding, thus an enigma, as mentioned in the title.

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Given the shared conviction about the indubitability of I-consciousness, this book analyses the repeated philosophical adventures over centuries to understand its enigmatic character. Philosophers - votaries of the self or the no-self theories - who tried to unveil the phenomenon ofI-consciousness have employed various explanatory stra...

Anindita Niyogi Balslev is an independent researcher. She was earlier in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:May 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198089511

ISBN - 13:9780198089513

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Consciousness as the 'Light of all Lights'2. Facets of Naturalism3. Self as Substance, the Basis of I-consciousness4. I-consciousness is Composite: Divergent Views within the Upanisadic Tradition5. On the Meaning of the Word 'I'6. I and the No-self Theories: Divergences within the Buddhist Tradition7. Some Conceptual Scenarios in Cross-cultural ContextEpilogueGlossaryBibliographyIndex