This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Vaisheshika as cosmology

Since this darshana is concerned with manifested nature, it is much like the ‘natural philosophy’ of the Greeks, and could be called cosmology. A reservation when using this last term is necessary, however, since manifestation can be dealt with analytically or synthetically, the former being a matter of distinguishing between constituent elements of things, and the latter being an approach from principles and ‘downward’ into manifested nature. We take care to make this distinction because, as was said above, the first two darshanas are analytical in approach, while the remaining four are synthetic. Thus, while we say that Vaisheshika deals with cosmology, it is also true that Sankhya also deals with this domain, only through a synthetic approach. This will account for certain differences between the two, an example of which would be the order of priority given the five elements in each. Vaisheshika begins with the manifest, and so lists earth first and ends with ether, while Sankhya, on the other hand, deals with them in their order of production, and so begins with ether.

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