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Samkhya

Hinduism II: Hindu ideas of liberation Lecture 2: The Samkhya and Yoga

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin Flood
Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 11:00
Location: 
Theology Faculty Seminar Room

These lectures will examine conceptions of liberation and paths leading to liberation in the history of ‘Hindu’ traditions. After an introductory lecture that raises some of the theological questions about the relation of path to goal and the importance of ritual and asceticism in the history of Indian religions, we will begin with an examination of Samkhya, the philosophical backdrop of Yoga, and move on to the opening Yoga-sutras, their ideal of liberation as isolation (kaivalya), and the means of achieving that goal.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin

The Analysis of Experience in Classical Samkhya

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Mikel Burley
Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 09:30
Location: 
Somerville College

This paper argues for an interpretation of classical SƒÅ·pÉkhya according to which its schema of twenty-five categories constitutes the result of an analysis of experience as opposed to a speculative cosmogony or imaginative account of how our psychological faculties come into existence. Problems with prevalent interpretations are highlighted, notably the difficulty of understanding how physical elements can ‘evolve’ from psychological ones and that of understanding the relevance of the categorial schema to SƒÅ·pÉkhya’s overall soteriological goal.

First name (inc. titles): 
Mikel