The Concept of I in Sāṃkhya-Yoga Tradition against the Western Tradition. Comparative Summary of the Selected Positions Cover Image

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The Concept of I in Sāṃkhya-Yoga Tradition against the Western Tradition. Comparative Summary of the Selected Positions

Author(s): Marzenna Jakubczak
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: I; ego; self; subject; empirical consciousness; self-knowledge; Sāṃkhya; Yoga; Indian philosophy; comparative philosophy

Summary/Abstract: The Concept of I in Sāṃkhya-Yoga Tradition against the Western Tradition. Comparative Summary of the Selected Positions. The problem of self is one of the key issues discussed both in western and eastern philosophical traditions. This paper reviews some positions in a comparative perspective. It aims to present some remarks on the concept of subjectivity offered by the classical Sāṃkhya-Yoga lineage of Indian philosophy with reference to several western views typical of different historical periods. The author is going to explain the categories applied by the Sāṃkhya-Yoga thinkers – Patañjali (c. 3rd CE) and Īśvarakṛṣṇa (c. 5th CE), and discuss the crucial similarities and divergences between various Indian and western approaches to the concept of ‘I’. The diagramming method adopted by the author to display the ‘subject – object’ relationship allows her to specify the uniqueness of the particular positions more clearly and to consider them in the light of Sāṃkhya- -Yoga conceptual framework, especially a distinction between the empirical consciousness (F) versus pure contentless self (S).

  • Issue Year: V/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 42-53
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish