This is a study in the field of comparative philosophy of religion.
It initiates a dialogue between St Augustine and Rāmānuja by
focusing on two central themes - time and embodiment - that play a
crucial role in their thought. The elaborations of these two themes
by St Augustine and Rāmānuja have continued to exert a tremendous
influence on the histories of European thought and of Hindu
movements centred around the notion of bhakti. The examination of
the symbolism through which these thinkers articulate their
understanding of time and embodiment also challenges certain
stereotypes related to classical Indian thought and Latin
Christendom, such as the former's lack of historical consciousness
and the latter's denigration of the human body. This study shows
how the 'west' and 'east' have traditionally engaged with concepts
such as temporality, progress and the metaphysical status of finite
and bio-physical reality.
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