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Rāmānuja (d. circa 1137)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F031-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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A south Indian Brahman, Rāmānuja was the theistic exegete of the Vedānta who propounded a doctrine which came to be known as viśiṣṭādvaita or ‘qualified monism’. As such, he is often said to be the founder of the most prominent of the four schools of the Vaishnava religion, the Śrīsampradāya, although in fact he considered himself to be a participant in an already ancient tradition. Rāmānuja’s version of Vedānta challenges the uncompromising nondualism of Śaṇkara.

Citing this article:
Brzezinski, Jan K.. Rāmānuja (d. circa 1137), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F031-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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