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RAINA, Simran. 'Self' and 'Other' in Non-Dualistic Vedānta: A Moral Interpretation. Koers (Online) [online]. 2019, vol.84, n.1, pp.1-12. ISSN 2304-8557.  http://dx.doi.org/10.19108/koers.84.1.2402.

The article examines the metaphysical and ethical approaches appropriate to studying the image of the self and other in Non-Dualistic Vedänta (hereafter NDV). NDV examines the nature of the empirical division of the self and the other, referred to by the terms 'I' and 'you' - asmad and yu§mad, respectively Behind the mundane expressions of these terms, Sahkara identifies 'superimposition' as a metaphysical precursor, which generates a cognitive error in all such expressions using personal pronouns and the use of predicates thereupon. The prime intent of the paper is to demonstrate vis-à-vis the metaphysical framework of NDV that the distinction of self and other is founded upon ignorance. If this ignorance is replaced by true knowledge, the entire problems pertaining to 'self and 'other' will see the development of a different kind of understanding, exposing the underlying unity of self and other, which generates a different attitude. Taking recourse to the NDVs exposition of the issue, a moral interpretation of the underlying unity of self and other is also intended.

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