•  320
    Manyness of selves, samkhya, and K. C. Bhattacharyya
    Philosophy East and West 54 (4): 425-457. 2004.
    : Classical Sāmkhya, as represented by Īśvarakrsna's Sāmkhya-kārikā, is well known for its attempt to prove not only the reality but the plurality of selves (purusa-bahutva). The Sāmkhya argument, since it proceeds from the reality of the manyness of the bodies as its basic premise, approximates, even if not in every detail, the 'argument from analogy' in its traditional form (which the essay tries to explicate). One distinguished modern interpreter, K. C. Bhattacharyya, however, not satisfied w…Read more
  •  72
    Dreamless Sleep and Some Related Philosophical Issues
    Philosophy East and West 51 (2). 2001.
    The phenomenon of dreamless sleep and its philosophical consequences, particularly deep sleep's relevance to such issues as Self, Consciousness, Personal Identity, Unity of Subject, and Disembodied Life, are explored through a discussion, in varying detail, of certain noted doctrines and views--for example of Advaita Vedānta, Hegel, and H. D. Lewis. Finally, with a cue from Leibniz and McTaggart, the suggestion is made that at no stage during sleep is the self without some perceptions, however i…Read more
  •  34
    Embodiment, subjectivity, and disembodied existence
    Philosophy East and West 61 (1): 1-37. 2011.
    I think, from the standpoint of present experience, one can fairly start by saying that all experience is lived embodied experience, though it is clear that such a statement, if wholly unqualified, would mean a commitment of extensive implications. 1 Some of these implications I will briefly try to spell out toward the end of this essay. I don’t say our body sets limits to how far our imagination can really go, for clearly, if our imagination were wholly controlled by our body as presented to us…Read more
  •  34
    Dharmakīrti on the existence of other minds
    Journal of Indian Philosophy 13 (1): 55-71. 1985.
  •  25
    Revisiting Nāgārjuna’s Vigrahavyāvartanī
    Journal of Indian Philosophy 46 (1): 113-151. 2018.
    In this paper, I attempt a further elucidation and defense of some of the things I said in my article “Critical Reflections on Nāgārjuna’s Vigrahavyāvartanī” and a response to Professor Claus Oetke’s criticisms :371–394, 2012) of “a number of views which have been propagated” by me in my article. Although some additional issues have been raised, broadly, the themes addressed here are the same three as were the object of my investigation in that paper: namely, Nāgārjuna’s emptiness doctrine; his …Read more
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    Scholarly disquisitions on Nyāya(-Vaiśeṣika) philosophy in the English language generally agree in calling it “metaphysical realism” or simply “realism.” Metaphysical realism or realism as understood in the West is the doctrine that (1) substances (particulars)/things and events exist independently of the knowing/thinking mind, and that (2) they exemplify properties/qualities and enter into relations—in short, universals—independently of the concepts by which we know them and, Nyāya would add, e…Read more
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    Primitive neuroectodermal tumor of hand and forearm: A rare clinical entity
    with Raja Tiwari and Satya S. Tripathy
    In Zdravko Radman (ed.), The Hand, Mit Press. pp. 1--5. 2012.
  •  6
    Dharmakīrti on the existence of other minds
    Journal of Indian Philosophy 13 (1): 55-71. 1985.
  •  1
    Self-Identity : Some Remarks on Professor Ramchandra Gandhi's Approach
    Indian Philosophical Quarterly 13 (1): 29. 1986.
  • McTaggart on Perception
    Indian Philosophical Quarterly 19 (3): 207. 1992.
  • This book seeks to critically expound and appraise the thoughts of the foremost British philosopher, J.M.E. McTaggart, with respect to three principal themes of his philosophy: substance, self, and immortality. Sharma draws on all of McTaggart’s major writings to provide a comprehensive exposition of his overall theory of reality.