Abstract

This essay explores two interpretative strategies for understanding the point of Yoga. The first understands its point as a negative freedom from object-laden consciousness. The second understands the individual practices that comprise Yoga as the means by which the practitioner takes pure consciousness as her end. The second strategy allows us to see that prāṇāyāma points the way toward epistemic enhancement, much as Descartes’ cogito does in his Meditations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 667-692
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-12
Open Access
No
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