SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

The Coherence of 'Hindu Theology' as an Academic Category in the Study of Religions

Dr Ankur Barua (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge)

Date: 8 December 2015Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 8 December 2015Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B 102

Type of Event: Seminar


While Anglophone philosophers have often claimed that the classical Hindu intellectual spaces are singularly lacking in ‘philosophy’, some modern Hindu thinkers, in contrast, have argued for the presence of 'philosophy' in these spaces but are hesitant to characterise them as ‘theological’. Underlying these debates are certain (usually unexamined) meta-philosophical questions about how the key terms ‘philosophy’ and ‘theology’ should be defined. Picking up some of these definitions, I will argue that certain strands of classical Vedantic Hindu discourse can be characterised as conceptual exercises in philosophical theology.

Ankur Barua is Lecturer in Hindu Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research specializations include Vedantic philosophical theology, the comparative philosophy of religion, and the religious poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. He has recently published Debating ‘Conversion’ in Hinduism and Christianity, and is currently working on a monograph titled The Pilgrim Self: Visions of Perfection in Medieval Vedanta.

Organiser: Peter Fl├╝gel

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