Sankara Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Bhattacharya, Abheda Nanda. The Idealistic Philosophy of Samkara & Spinoza. Some Typical Problems of Idealism of the Two Philosophers. Delhi: Durga Publications, 1985. 133p.

Compares the notion of one Ultimate Reality in the writings of Sankara with that in the work of Western philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

De Smet, R.V. "Sankara and Aquinas on Liberation (Mukti)." Indian Philosophical Annual 5 (1970): 239-47.

Discusses the similarities and differences between Sankara's and Thomas Aquinas's theology regarding liberation, arguing that epistemological differences ultimately underlie their divergent views.

Devaraja, N. K. "The Place of Sankara in Indian Philosophy." In his An Introduction to Sankara's Theory of Knowledge, pp. 1-26. Delhi: Motilal Banarsi Dass, 1962.

Surveys Sankara's place in Indian philosophy and discusses of his intellectual predecessors, his impact on his contemporaries, and his enduring legacy. Includes an overview of prevailing Buddhist thought and alternate schools of Hinduism of his day.

Gussner, Robert E. "A Stylometric Study of the Authorship of Seventeen Sanskrit Hymns Attributed to Sankara." Journal of the American Oriental Society 96 (1976): 259-67.

Uses statistical analysis of the frequency of selected words in Sankara's Upadesasaharsi to argue that fifteen of the seventeen hymns of praise generally attributed to him are not his compositions.

Neelakantan Elayath, K. N. "The Metaphysics of Sankara." In his The Ethics of Sankara, pp. 20-52. Feroke, India: University of Calicut, 1990.

Discusses Sankara's metaphysics in defining his theology of Brahman as the only Ultimate Reality.

Pande, Govind Chandra. "Sankara's Literary Activity." In his Life and Thought of Sankaracarya, pp. 99-130. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1994.

Surveys the body of Sankara's work, its numerous translations and editions, and discusses the difficulties faced by scholars in authenticating them.

Shaha, S. M. "Sankara's Dialectic of Twofold Standpoint and Reality." In his The Dialectic of Knowledge and Reality in Indian Philosophy, pp. 108-235. Delhi: Eastern Book Linkers, 1987.

A thorough examination of Sankara's dialectical approach to reality and its application to some of the problems in his philosophy.

Upadhyaya, K. N. "Sankara on Reason, Scriptural Authority and Self-Knowledge." Journal of Indian Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 2 (June 1991): 121-32.

Discusses the role of scriptural authority versus reason in Sankara's path to the truth.

Whaling, Frank. "Sankara and Buddhism." Journal of Indian Philosophy. Vol. 7, No. I (March 1979): 1-42.

Discusses the use of Buddhist tradition in Sankara's work and the extent to which he was responsible for the demise of Buddhism in India.