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Advaita (Non-dualism) as Metatheory: A Constellation of Ontology, Epistemology, and Praxis

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Author(s): Latha Poonamallee

Journal: Integral Review
ISSN 1553-3069

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 190;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Epistemology | metatheory | ontology | paradox | praxis.

ABSTRACT
Integrating contradictory and mutually exclusive positions is a challenge in building a metatheory. In this paper, I examine how advaita (non-dualism) philosophy is a metatheory. Based on a holistic, non-dualistic ontology, discovery based epistemology, and personal accountability-action-reflection oriented praxis, it provides a useful metatheory for embracing, learning from, and transcending the paradoxes of social life. I use the example of Gandhi as a practitioner of this approach to action and knowledge.
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