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La thèse de la Pratyabhijñā : le sujet absolu, condition de possibilité de l’expérience mondaine

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Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta indeed address interlocutors who do not belong to their religious tradition, and to hope to convince them, they have to transform the not dualistic sivaïte dogma in a rationally demonstrated thesis. The "power of knowledge" is not sufficient to explain the relative permanence of objective manifestation, because cognitions thus produced have instantaneous existence, and for lack of admitting the existence of second power, we are, as earlier in Buddhist perspective, unable to account for the worldly experience. Utpaladeva forced his readers to examine the perfectly ordinary experience of the memory, and to pay attention on the synthesis which is made there always; and he showed that this synthesis made all the time by the empirical subject is other than the absolute subject. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Abhinavagupta; buddhist perspective; cognition; rationally demonstrated thesis; synthesis; Utpaladeva; worldly experience



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