Author: Signe Cohen
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004167773 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 89.00
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The Upaniṣads have often been treated as a unified corpus of religious and philosophical texts, separate from the older Vedic tradition. It is well known that the Upaniṣads were initially composed and transmitted within specific schools of Vedic recitation, or Śākhās, but the Śākhā affiliation of each Upaniṣad has received very little attention in the scholarly literature. The author offers a new interpretation of the older Upaniṣads in the light of the Vedic school affiliations of each text. This book argues that issues of textual authority, and in particular the authority of the various Vedic schools, are central in the Upaniṣads, and that the Upaniṣads can, on one level, be read as texts about text. While analyzing the theme of textual authority in the Upaniṣads, the author also outlines a theory of textual criticism as applied to orally transmitted texts that will be of use to textual scholars in other fields as well.
About the author(s) Signe M. Cohen, Ph. D. (1999) in Sanskrit, University of Pennsylvania, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has published on Sanskrit philology and Hindu and Buddhist thought.
Readership All those interested in ancient Indian religion and philosophy, Sanskrit philology, and textual criticism.