Saiva arguments against the grammarians: Somananda's "Sivadrsti", chapters one and two
This dissertation is a study of the first two chapters of the Śivadr&dotbelow;s&dotbelow;t&dotbelow;i of Somānanda, the ninth-century Kashmiri credited with founding the Pratyabhijñā or “Recognition” school of Śaivism, along with Utpaladeva's heretofore untranslated Śivadr&dotbelow;s&dotbelow;t&dotbelow;ivr&dotbelow;tti , also called the Padasam&dotbelow;gati, the only surviving commentary on the Śivadr&dotbelow;s&dotbelow;t&dotbelow;i . ^ These two chapters present a summary view of Somānanda's philosophy. In the first chapter, the author presents his own philosophical position in a telegraphic style; in the second chapter, he criticizes the monistic idealism of Bhartr&dotbelow;hari and the grammarians. Read together, they show the degree to which Bhartr&dotbelow;hari's view influenced the Pratyabhijñā, as well as the differences in the ways in which Somānanda and Utpaladeva negotiate their relationship to Bhartr&dotbelow;hari. ^ In the introduction are included: a summary review of scholarship concerned with Pratyabhijñā philosophy and Somānanda in particular, biographical information about Somānanda, and a review of the author's philosophical position, situated in relation to that of Bhartr&dotbelow;hari. The dissertation also includes an edition and translation of the first two chapters of the Śivadr&dotbelow;s&dotbelow;t&dotbelow;i and the commentary, based on the readings of three unpublished manuscripts. Finally, autobiographical portions of the text are included in an appendix. ^
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