Sacred Texts’ Epistemology in Veṅkaṭanātha’s Seśvaramīmāṃsā

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The project investigates the early history and conception of Śrīvaiṣṇava theology through the work of Veṅkaṭanātha.

This project involves a study of the dialectics of the conflicting epistemologies and world-views of Pūrva Mīmāṃsā and Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta as represented in Veṅkaṭanāthaʼs Seśvaramīmāṃsā (SM). How can its author, for instance, be simultaneously faithful to the Mīmāṃsā atheism and the Viśiṣṭādvaita devotion to Viṣṇu? How can he harmonize the Mīmāṃsā claim that the Sacred Texts are reliable, insofar as they have no author, with the claim of the Viśiṣṭādvaita that the Sacred Texts have been authored by Viṣṇu? How can he make sense of the conflict between the Mīmāṃsā belief in the world’s permanence and the theistic account of its creation? The project will explore the way in which Veṅkaṭanātha produced a new synthesis of these conflicting claims by reinterpreting some and hierarchically organizing others. For this purpose, the text of SM 1 (i.e., the epistemological section of the SM, corresponding to approximately two-thirds of the whole SM) will be translated and its edition improved by means of an unedited manuscript held in Adyar Library.

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