Nov 7 2012

♦ Avalokitavrata and a Cārvāka stanza: some textual consideration

In Avalokitavrata’s (fl. 700 CE ca.) Ṭīkā we find a quote of a well-known Cārvāka stanza (see D, dBu-ma, Źa, 334b7-335a1): ma śi’i bar du bde bar ’tsho | | śi zin phan chad spyod yul med | | lus ni thal bar gyur pa la | | phyir yaṅ ’oṅ ba ga la yod […]

Nov 16 2011

♦ Vātsyāyana’s critique of the materialistic theory of cognition

As is well-known, according to Indian Cārvāka/Lokāyata materialism (on account of which see here) cognition (jñāna, but also caitanya) emerges only where and when the material elements (earth, water, fire and air) are mixed up to constitute a physical living body. This perspective has been, of course, criticized by lots of non-Cārvaka philosophers in lots […]

Sep 7 2010

♦ Materialism in India: A Synoptic View (by Ramkrishna Bhattacharya)

The following is an article that my dear friend and master, Mr. Ramkrishna Bhattacharya, has written with the purpose of popularizing Cārvāka/Lokāyata philosophy through on-line media. Everyone is allowed to reproduce it in blogs, web-sites, etc. Materialism in India: A Synoptic View Ramkrishna Bhattacharya 0. Many, if not most, people nowadays go straight to the […]

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 […]

Dec 11 2009

♦ Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata

Book review: Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata, by Ramkrishna Bhattacharya, Società Editrice Fiorentina/Manohar, Firenze 2009, pp. 254 ISBN 978-88-6032-113-8, € 28,00 (view editor book profile). ▪ The Preface of the book: «I started writing on the Cārvāka, the most uncompromising materialist school of philosophy in ancient India, from 1995 and have continued to work on its different aspects. […]

Nov 6 2009

♦ Can a Materialist worship God? Some reflections on a passage of Āryadevapāda

Let us consider a passage of a Buddhist text preserved in Tibetan translation, and lost in its Sanskrit original, the Skhalita-pramathana-yukti-hetu-siddhi (’KHrul pa bzlog pa’i rigs pa gtan tshigs grub pa, «Accomplishment of Reason by Means of Argumentations for the Destruction of Errors»). This brief work is attributed to Āryadeva (colophon: slob dpon ’phags pa […]