[INDOLOGY] Hindu Philosophy sessions at the American Academy of Religion

Allen, Michael S (msa2b) msa2b at virginia.edu
Mon Nov 13 02:39:58 UTC 2023

[cross-posted to SARI-L]

Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce that the Hindu Philosophy unit of the American Academy of Religion is sponsoring three sessions at the upcoming annual meeting (Nov. 18–21) in San Antonio, Texas. Please see below for details.

Best wishes,

Michael S. Allen
Co-chair (with Parimal Patil), Hindu Philosophy Unit

Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
University of Virginia



Theme: On the Nature of Poetic Language: A Philosophical Roundtable
Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grand Hyatt-Lonestar Ballroom, Salon D (2nd Floor)

The poetic theorist Ānandavardhana famously held that in addition to the literal and implicative functions of language, poetry expresses meaning through a third, distinctive function: suggestion (*dhvani*, *vyañjanā*). Mukula Bhaṭṭa, in his *Abhidhāvṛttamātṛkā*, holds that there is no need to posit a third semantic function; implication (*lakṣaṇā*) suffices to explain the communicative power of poetry. This roundtable brings together five scholars to assess Mukula’s arguments, both in their historical context and in light of contemporary poetics. The goal of the format is to create a space for lively and rigorous discussion, rather than traditional paper presentations. A handout with the original Sanskrit and an English translation of selections from Mukula’s text will be provided.

Malcolm Keating, Yale-NUS College
Daniele Cuneo, Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris
Alessandro Graheli, University of Toronto
James Reich, Pace University
Emily Lawson, University of British Columbia

Business Meeting
Michael Allen, University of Virginia, Presiding
Parimal G. Patil, Harvard University, Presiding


Co-sponsored Session (with the Indian and Chinese Religions in Dialogue Unit)
Theme: Crossing Lines: Theories of Knowledge in Practice
Sunday, Nov. 19, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
San Antonio Convention Center-Room 212B (Meeting Room Level)

Eyal Aviv, George Washington University, Presiding

This panel brings together scholars of Indian and Chinese religious and philosophical traditions to explore how knowledge has been theorized and how theories have been applied. Our panel aims to create bridges and dialogue between diverse traditions and, across time, to look for patterns, divergences, and overlaps in bases of knowledge, construction of truth, and systematised practices between India and China. The panel includes papers on Jain, Nondual Śaiva, Confucian, Daoist, and Hindu epistemologies.

Marie-Helene Gorisse, University of Birmingham 

Knowledge and liberation in Jainism: Insights from the Samayasāra 

Catherine Prueitt, University of British Columbia 

Knowing Emotions vs. Knowing through Emotions

Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 

Tagore, Epistemology and the Making of the Indian Public

Julianne Chung, York University 

Dreaming, and Being, with Zhuangzi, a Butterfly 

Alexus McLeod, Indiana University 

Is Knowledge Unqualifiedly Good? The Nature and Status of Knowledge in Early Confucian Texts


Papers Session
Theme: Problems in Philosophical Theology: Embodiment, Soteriology, Infinite Regress

Sunday, Nov. 19, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Grand Hyatt-Crockett A (4th Floor)
Michael Allen, University of Virginia, Presiding

Theism rose to new prominence among Hindu philosophers of the second millennium, and this in turn gave rise to new, creative approaches to problems in philosophical theology. This session will consider three such problems. The first paper considers what it means for God to have a body, focusing on Dvaita and Viśiṣṭādvaita responses to Nyāya and Mīmāṃsā critiques of the idea that God possesses a material body. The second paper discusses Vedāntadeśika’s approach to a problem in soteriology: if God is all-powerful, why does he not directly free souls trapped in saṃsāra? The third paper focuses on the problem of infinite regress, asking whether Vedāntins might be able to accept certain versions of the Cosmological Argument in spite of their commitment to the notion of beginningless karma.

Sarang Patel, University of Chicago 

Divine and Material Bodies: Nyāya and Mīmāṃsā Talking Past Vedānta 

Manasicha Akepiyapornchai, Cornell University
What’s the Use of God? The Śrīvaiṣṇavas’ Division between God and Soteriological Means

Akshay Gupta, Independent Scholar 

To Infinity and Beyond: Three Interpretations of Beginningless Karman and Their Implications

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