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Synthesizing the Vedanta

The Theology of Pierre Johanns S. J.

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Sean Doyle

Fr Pierre Johanns is a key figure in the history of Christian intellectual engagement with Hindu philosophy. He was the most articulate figure in a group of Belgian Jesuits in Calcutta who sought to develop the theological project initiated by Brahmabandhab Upadhyay, a convert to Catholicism whose theology conveyed a positive appreciation of aspects of Hindu advaitic philosophy. Johanns began to publish a steady stream of articles in the monthly Light of the East that analysed pertinent features of Vedantic thought from the perspective of his neo-Thomistic presuppositions. Johanns engaged in a thorough explication and analysis of the thinking of the Hindu teachers Sankara, Ramanuja, and Vallabha. He attempted to fashion a creative synthesis of their views, constructing a new, holistic metaphysic from the raw material of their respective philosophical theologies.
This book examines the theological writings of Pierre Johanns by situating him within his historical context, by discussing how Johanns interacted with Vedantic philosophy, and by assessing the success of his project.

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Index Abhynsa 205–6 Ðcnrya 17, 20–1, 50, 54, 110, 191, 318, 321, 328 Acintyabhednbheda 63 Adhiknrin 275 Adhynsa 59 Advaita 11, 16, 18, 24, 28, 32, 54, 58–9, 68, 98, 100, 116–18, 127, 131–2, 137–89, 298–301, 304–9, 313, 317, 321, 323–5, 328 Aeterni patris encyclical 51 Ai‰varya 197 Ak™ara 246, 248, 253, 266, 290, 314 al-FƗrƗbƯ 43, 46, 49 al-GhazƗlƯ 45 Albert the Great 42 Aleaz, K.P. 24, 56 Analects 69 Analogia entis 39 Ðnanda 61–2, 118, 130, 141, 151, 155– 6, 158–9, 160, 162, 167, 178–9, 195, 215, 218, 245–7, 249, 251–4, 258, 262–3, 265, 283–4, 290–1, 325 Anavasnda 205–6 Anawati, Georges 47–8 Animananda 22, 25, 28, 32, 110, 119– 22, 125, 129–32 Antarynmin 197, 213, 217 Antoine, Robert 329–30, 335 Anuddhar™a 205–6 Appasamy, A.J. 16, 313 Aquinas, Thomas 18, 38–42, 46–53, 79, 185–7, 235–7, 288–90, 316 Arcn 197, 275 Ðsakti 255, 258–9 Asaœga 116–17, 130, 189, 325 Asiatic Society of Calcutta 87–90 Ðtmanivedanam 256 Avatnra 197, 217, 232, 246, 311, 329 Averroes (Ibn-Rushd) 41, 45, 47, 49 Avicenna (Ibn-SƯnƗ) 41–9 Avidyn59, 151, 161, 177, 202, 209, 250 Avirbhnva 247, 260 BndarnyaØa 57 Baillie, John 89 Bala 197 Bartholomaeo, P. 83 Benedict XV 13 Bentinck, William 92 Bhadralok 92–3 Bhagavadg–tn87, 91, 97, 192, 325–6 Bhngavata Purn...

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