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Why does the universe exist? An advaita vedantic perspective

Rock, Adam 2005, Why does the universe exist? An advaita vedantic perspective, International journal of transpersonal studies, vol. 24, pp. 69-76.

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Title Why does the universe exist? An advaita vedantic perspective
Author(s) Rock, Adam
Journal name International journal of transpersonal studies
Volume number 24
Start page 69
End page 76
Publisher International Journal of Transpersonal Studies
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1321-0122
1942-3241
Summary Debates concerning causal explanations of the universe tend to be based on a priori propositions (e.g., Edwards, 1973; Smith, 1995; Swinburne, 1978). The present paper, however, addresses the metaphysical question, “Why does the universe exist?” from the perspective of a school of Hindu philosophy referred to as advaita vedanta and two of its a posteriori derived creation theories: the theory of simultaneous creation (drishti-srishti vada) and the theory of non-causality (ajata vada). Objections to advaita vedanta are also discussed. It is concluded that advaita vedanta has the potential to make a significant contribution to contemporary metaphysical debate in general and our understanding of the question, “Why does the universe exist?” in particular.
Language eng
Field of Research 220312 Philosophy of Cognition
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004220

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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