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Title: Text and Authority in the Older Upaniṣads
Written By: Signe Cohen
Series Title: Brill's Indological Library

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.

All those interested in ancient Indian religion and philosophy, Sanskrit
philology, and textual criticism.

Upanishads, textual criticism, textual authority, Sanskrit, Hinduism.

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