Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

3. Lord over this Whole World: Agency and Philosophy in Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Anna-Pya Sjödin [+-]
Mid-Sweden University
Anna-Pya Sjödin is Senior lecturer in the study of religions at Mid Sweden University, department of Humanities, affiliated researcher at Uppsala University, department of Linguistics and Philology. Sjödin received her PhD in Indology at Uppsala University 2007. Her research interests include Indian epistemology, ontology and the relationship between action (karma) and knowledge (veda/jñāna) in early and later Indian philosophical texts. Her dissertation “The happening of Tradition: Vallabha on Anumāna in Nyāyalīlavati” (2007) concerns medieval Hindu epistemology. More recently she has published on yogic cognition in Vaiśeṣika.

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Anna-Pya Sjödin addresses the conceptualization of agency in Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣad by outlining the metaphors used in this text to capture notions of sacrificial and epistemological agency. At the same time as this Upaṇiṣadic text elaborates the then-emerging ideas of self (ātman) and the consequences of knowing thatself, it also carries impressions of discussions and speculations that were formulated within a culture of sacrificial ritual. Traces of the Upaṇiṣadic expressions are then shown to have a structural continuity in later systematic philosophy, a continuity expressed mostly in terms of epistemological agency and formulated within a discourse on the self as the acting and knowing subject.

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Sjödin, Anna-Pya. 3. Lord over this Whole World: Agency and Philosophy in Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 45-62 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28074. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28074. Feb 2016

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