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Rethinking Neo-Vedānta: Swami Vivekananda and the Selective Historiography of Advaita Vedānta

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    0479750 - OÚ 2018 RIV CH eng J - Journal Article
    Madaio, James
    Rethinking Neo-Vedānta: Swami Vivekananda and the Selective Historiography of Advaita Vedānta.
    Religions. Roč. 8, č. 6 (2017), ---, č. článku 101. E-ISSN 2077-1444
    Institutional support: RVO:68378009
    Keywords : Swami Vivekananda * Neo-Vedanta * Advaita Vedanta * modern Hinduism
    OECD category: Religious studies
    Method of publishing: Open access
    http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/6/101

    This paper problematizes the prevalent model of studying the “Neo-Ved¯anta” of Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) principally in terms of an influx of Western ideas and nationalism. In particular, I demonstrate how scholarly constructions of “Neo-Ved¯anta” consistently appeal to a high culture, staticized understanding of “traditional” Advaita Ved¯anta as the alterity for locating Vivekananda’s “neo” or new teachings. In doing so, such studies ignore the diverse medieval and early modern developments in advaitic and Advaita Ved¯antic traditions which were well-known to Vivekananda and other “Neo-Ved¯antins”. Redressing this discursive imbalance, I propose that close attention to the way in which Swami Vivekananda drew from Indic texts opens up a wider frame for understanding the swami and the genealogy of his cosmopolitan theolog
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