Date of Award

9-11-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Robert D. Sattelmeyer - Chair

Abstract

This paper is a comparative project between a philosopher from the Western tradition, Aristotle, and a philosopher from the Eastern tradition, Sankara. These two philosophers have often been thought to oppose one another in their thoughts, but I will argue that they are similar in several aspects. I will explore connections between Aristotle and Sankara, primarily in their theories of causation. I will argue that a closer examination of both Aristotelian and Advaita Vedanta philosophy, of which Sankara is considered the most prominent thinker, will yield significant similarities that will give new insights into the thoughts of both Aristotle and Sankara.

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