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Introduction La reconnaissance de soi et le problème de l’identité

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The introduction chapter of the book Le Soi et l'Autre Identitè, diffèrence et altèritè dans la philosophie de la Pratyabhijñā deals with self-recognition which implies self-self difference - a difference that is altered without otherness. According to Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta, the fact of self-recognition as we usually experiencing involves a heavy paradox of both epistemological and logical-soteriological consequences. The Pratyabhijñā, unlike his Buddhist opponents, does not consider the common phenomenon of self-recognition as a mere illusion: if various empirical subjects are understood as permanent entities, it's because they possess well and truly the durability, and they are a ātman - and it is this ātman that any empirical subject expresses when he says and thinks. In this chapter, the author says few words to clarify the kind of approach adopted against Sanskrit texts. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: epistemological consequences; otherness; Pratyabhijñā; Sanskrit texts; self-recognition; self-self difference

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