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Vasubandhu's consciousness trilogy: a Yogacara Buddhist process idealism

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dc.contributor.advisor Gupta, Bina, 1947- en
dc.contributor.author Johnson-Moxley, Melanie K. (Melanie Kay), 1967- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-23T16:33:45Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-23T16:33:45Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Spring en
dc.identifier.other JohnsonMoxleyM-043008-D9300 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5555
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on June 8, 2009) en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Philosophy. en_US
dc.description.abstract This work is a philosophical investigation into Vasubandhu's consciousness trilogy, comprised by the Trisvabhāva-Nirdeśa ("Instruction on the Threefold Own-State-of-Being,") and the Vijñaptimātra-Kārikas ("Verses on Consciousness-Occasion,") divided into the Viṃśika-Kārikas ("Twenty Verses") and the Triṃśika-Kārikas ("Thirty Verses.") Although early Indian Yogācāra Buddhism was once non-controversially described as a form of absolute ontological idealism, challengers have urged predominately psycho-epistemological readings of Yogācārin works. However, neither an exclusively metaphysical or exclusively epistemological reading is warranted; the more interesting and difficult case is that these themes are necessarily interwoven throughout the early Yogācāra canon, including the consciousness trilogy. While Vasubandhu's position in the trilogy is indeed idealist and monist, this does not entail a rejection of objectivity. Functions are substituted for substances in ontological discussions. The ālayavijñāna ("storehouse-consciousness") concept is developed so that it can serve the explanatory function of material cause. In this way much apparent logical tension is diffused, and a more complete picture of Vasubandhu's Yogācāra emerges. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2008 Freely available dissertations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Vasubandhu. -- Trisvabhāvanirdeśa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Vasubandhu. -- Triṃśikāvijñaptimātratāsiddhi en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Yogācāra (Buddhism) en_US
dc.title Vasubandhu's consciousness trilogy: a Yogacara Buddhist process idealism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b68805226 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 375198378 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2008 Dissertations


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