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By C. Ram-Prasad

Classical Indian faculties of philosophy adopt significant debates on a number of concerns with the formal goal of accomplishing a ideal finish to lifestyles - liberation from the cycle of lives. This booklet appears at 4 conceptions of liberation and how analytic inquiry and philosophical wisdom are held to guide in its attainment. The valuable motivation of Indian philosophy - the search for the top strong - is recognized but additionally located within the rigorous and analytic philosophical task of those thinkers.

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45 It is difficult to get a clear and straightforward idea of a natural characteristic here (svabhaÅva or `own-nature'). It means that an entity cannot be defined as that entity without including that characteristic in that definition. This leaves open the question of whether what we have is a logical, linguistic, empirical or some other constraint. In Indian discussions, the term can be used in all these ways, depending on the context. The svabhaÅva of a thing is at least partly constitutive of it.

So we have a sketch of the basic BhaÅt:t:a MõÅmaÅm : saÅ position on the self: there is a unified self and it is distinct from the body, but it requires embodiment for consciousness of itself as an identifiable self. The MõÅmaÅm : saka, however, has to find a balance between distinguishing the self from the body and acknowledging the body as a determinant of self-consciousness. One can see why. The self has to be distinguished from the body both because the presupposition of rebirth requires it and because liberation precisely is from the embodied state.

So we have a sketch of the basic BhaÅt:t:a MõÅmaÅm : saÅ position on the self: there is a unified self and it is distinct from the body, but it requires embodiment for consciousness of itself as an identifiable self. The MõÅmaÅm : saka, however, has to find a balance between distinguishing the self from the body and acknowledging the body as a determinant of self-consciousness. One can see why. The self has to be distinguished from the body both because the presupposition of rebirth requires it and because liberation precisely is from the embodied state.

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