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By Eric Dietrich

Flipping conference on its head, Eric Dietrich argues that technological know-how uncovers awe-inspiring, enduring mysteries, whereas faith, considered as the resource for such mysteries, is a organic phenomenon. similar to spoken language, Dietrich exhibits that faith is an evolutionary model. technological know-how is the resource of confusing but appealing mysteries, even though typical the hunt for solutions should be to human existence.

Excellent attractiveness undoes our false impression of clinical inquiry as an executioner of attractiveness, making the case that technological know-how has gained the conflict with faith so completely it will possibly now clarify why faith persists. The ebook additionally attracts deep classes for human flourishing from the very lifestyles of medical mysteries. it's those latter magnificent, thoroughly public truths that represent a few strangeness within the percentage and demonstrate a universe priceless of awe and sweetness.

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Hence change has to be ruled out as only appearance. Now we can consider the Jaina resolution of this dispute about causality with the help of their anekänta method and anekânta philosophy. The anekänta doctrine says that reality is both unchanging and everchanging, for reality has manifold nature, infinitefold complexity. To use the philosophical terminology of A. N. Whitehead, it is both a process and a reality. Thus, what Whitehead says about the ‘chief task of meta­ physics’ will certainly be welcòme to the Jainas : “That ‘all things flow’ is the first vague generalization which the unsystematized, barely analysed, intuition of men has produced.

If Sugata (the Buddha) is omniscient, how do we know that Kapila is not (also omniscient) ? ” This verse quoted in Tattvasamgraha (verse 3148) was apparently used to refute the Jaina doctrine of omniscience. But the same statement can be used, perhaps with a shift in the emphasis or intonation, by a Jaina to defend his anekänta doctrine. In fact, the anekänta doctrine can be vindicated if we assume the omniscience of Mahävira. Thus, Samantabhadra has said : 35 “ Since the doctrines of all ‘non-Jaina’ (tlrthakrt) philosophers contradict each other, none of them is trustworthy.

Org 46 The Central Philosophy o f Jainism Samabhirüdha (the ‘subtle’) : This standpoint asks us to make a subtle distinction in the meanings of words which are supposed to denote the same object. Such distinction can be based upon the etymological derivations of words concerned. Words üke “ râjan", “nrpa", and '*bhüpa” refer to the same person, the king, but each has different etymological formation and hence different meanings, i. , different cognitive meanings. These cognitive meanings appear when we consider their etymology : “ râjan” means one with the royal insignia, “nrpa” means one who protects men, and “ bhüpa” means one who protects the earth.

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