Mar 25 2010

♦ The king as God: Cārvākas’ usage of a quite common expression

In the first chapter of Sāyaṇa-Mādhava’s Sarva-darśana-saṃgraha (on Cārvāka/Lokāyata) we meet with the following half-verse: lokasiddho bhaved rājā pareśo nāparaḥ smṛtaḥ |1 That is: The king (rājā), celebrated by the people (lokasiddho; also: powerful in the world, established in/by the world, etc.), is considered (bhaved smṛtaḥ; also: is declared, is admitted) [according to Cārvākas] the […]


Mar 16 2010

♦ The 37 heresies listed in the Madhyamakaratnapradīpa

During these last days I was at work on the second chapter of the Madhyamakaratnapradīpa of Bhavya from Tibetan bsTan-’gyur. I have compared two versions: sDe-dge and dGa’-ldan (available for free on line). In this chapter we find a list of a number of heretical schools and of heretical teachers. Some of these names are […]


Mar 12 2010

♦ The Cārvāka Udbhaṭa Bhaṭṭa’s use of Vaiśeṣika vocabulary: the case of caitanya («self», «consciousness»)

Recently I had the opportunity to read with accuracy the fragments referring to Udbhaṭa Bhaṭṭa’s (or Bhaṭṭodbhaṭa’s) theory of consciousness, collected by Ramkrishna Bhattacharya in his Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata (Ch. 6: Cārvāka Fragments: A New Collection). According to Udbhaṭa, who is a Materialist, consciousness (caitanya, a term which, for Cārvākas, means also «self») is […]


Mar 1 2010

♦ First Asian Philosophy Congress: New Delhi, March 6-9, 2010

The following is the available agenda of the: FIRST ASIAN PHILOSOPHY CONGRESS INDIAN COUNCIL OF PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi March 6-9, 2010 PROGRAMME Saturday, March 6, 2010 INAUGURAL SESSION Venue: SSS-1 Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 10.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. Registration of Delegates 03.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m. INAUGURAL FUNCTION […]