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Śruti-prāmāṇya (scriptural testimony) and the 'Imparative Philosophy' in Raimon Panikkar's ThinkingSymposium


Mimesis | Published : 2014


This tribute to a revered mentor of mine, Raimon Panikkar, will focus on just two of the theses that Pannikar developed over the course of his illustrious career. Pannikar proposed something he called 'Imparative Hermeneutics' . I discuss how this proposal differs from Comparative Philosophy P, and its ramifications for Comparative Philosophy of Religion as well as for cross-cultural dialogue. Panikkar speaks of diatopical discoursing to underscore differences, critical tolerance, plurality, perspectivism, while still seeking for emergent universality in human experience. The second thesis draws from his immense work, toward figuring out just what the Indian hermeneuticians meant by Śrut..

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