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Emotions in Indian Thought Systems

Purushottama Bilimoria (Editor) Aleksandra Wenta (Editor)

A stimulating account of the wide range of approaches towards conceptualising emotions in classical Indian philosophical–religious traditions, such as those of the Upanishads, Vaishnava Tantrism, Bhakti movement, Jainism, Buddhism, Yoga, Shaivism, and aesthetics, this volume analyses the definition and validity of emotions in the construction of identity and self-discovery.

Contents: Preface. Emotions in Indian Thought-Systems: An Introduction/Purushottama Bilimoria and Aleksandra Wenta. Part 1: Tantrism. 1. Passions and Emotions in the Indian Philosophical-Religious Traditions/Raffaele Torella. 2. Intensity of Emotions: A Way to Liberation in the Advaita Saiva Agamas and their Exegetes/Bettina Sharada Baumer. 3. Between Fear and Heroism: The Tantric Path to Liberation/Aleksandra Wenta. Part 2: The Bhakti Movement. 4. Principal Emotions Contributing to the Supreme Love of Siva: A Study of Early Saiva Hymnal Corpus/T. Ganesan. 5. Love Never Tasted Quite Like This Before: Srngara-rasa in the Light of Two Texts from a SahajiyA Vaisnava Notebook/Neal Delmonico and Aditi Nath Sarkar. Part 3: Buddhism, Patanjala Yoga and Saiva SiddhAnta. 6. The Buddhist Psychology of Emotions/Varun Kumar Tripathi. 7. Between Impetus, Fear, and Disgust: ‘Desire for Emancipation’ (Saivega) from Early Buddhism to Patanjala Yoga and Saiva Siddhanta/Andrea Acri. Part 4: Aesthetics. 8. Moha Kala: Aporia of Emotion in Indian Reflective Traditions/Venkat D. Rao. 9. Aesthetics of Despair/Sharad Deshpande.

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About the author

Purushottama Bilimoria

Dr. Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Deakin University and Senior Fellow at Melbourne University.  He Has held fellowships and has lectured in universities in the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, and India.  Dr. Bilimoria is a visiting professor at State University of New York, Stony Brook and Columbia University.  He is an editor-in-chief of Sophia, an international journal for metaphysical theology; and co-editor of the two-volume compendia on Indian Ethics, and the Routledge History of Indian Philosophy.  He is currently editor of "Studies of Classical India Series."

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Title Emotions in Indian Thought Systems
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Routledge India
Language: English
isbn 9781138859357
length 300p.,